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Arthur Chile
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Hi,
I've been playing this lately and I'm very close to ordering the 2 expansions. But I have read in these forums that some people find the 4 player game is the best experience and other people saying that 5 and 6 is more tight and more engaging.
What are your experiences with this game and expansions?
If you have played the expansions, do you prefer to play with more players or the 4 player game is more balanced?
Waiting your answers before buying anything.
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Peter O'Hanraha-Hanrahan
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The more players the better, I'd say. It's not an AP-prone game so downtime is small, and there's lots of deals to be made too. There's a lot more opportunity to gang up on the leader (if you know who they are, of course) and it can get a little chaotic, but it's good fun. Admittedly, I've only ever played 5-player once, so take that as you will.
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Get the expansions regardless. Even if you don't find the higher player games to be fun you still get the added variety of gang choice. So your 4 player games can benefit from the different dynamics of gang combinations.
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darkranex wrote:
Get the expansions regardless. Even if you don't find the higher player games to be fun you still get the added variety of gang choice. So your 4 player games can benefit from the different dynamics of gang combinations.

I am looking forward to the answers you'll get but I echo the sentiment above. It's a great game and likely soon these expansions will be out of print and difficult to track down for a fair price.
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Too many people concentrate on the number of players. You can still play four players with six gangs to choose from - each having their own strengths and weaknesses, as opposed to just the original four. If money is no object, go for six.
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I just came here to echo the sentiments already expressed by a few other people.

Get the expansions if you can, regardless of the number of players you have. The new gangs bring some very different abilities to the table and are totally worth getting.

Also I've played a lot of this game with various player counts and can definitely say that 6 players is fine - the main difference between 4 and 6 players is that with 6 players you need to be even more on top of your negotiation game because things start to kick off right from the start due to there not being any extra available locations at the start of the game.

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I do prefer the 5 and 6 player game if time is of no concern. You get more wheeling and dealing, many more backstabbings and double-crosses, and generally more interesting dynamics. Unfortunately, it takes us around 3 hours at those counts, so we typically play just 4 players.

Expansion are good anyway though as others have stated, the new gangs are interesting.
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I bought the expansions to get the variety of different gangs and more money.

I played one game at 5 players and it was a blast. Other games were at 4 players and were still good but we didn't have as many throwdowns and back and forth banter as we did at 5 players. Could have been the alcohol.
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Exactly! Get it now before they are gone! And the price on Amazon is too good!
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darkranex wrote:
Get the expansions regardless. Even if you don't find the higher player games to be fun you still get the added variety of gang choice. So your 4 player games can benefit from the different dynamics of gang combinations.


This is exactly right! Can't go wrong with more variety!
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Jimmy Hsu
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Just to sum up a 6 player game... the first round you're already making enemies as there are not enough locations. Negotiations and alliances also start immediately too (compared to a 4 player game). It also take a bit longer if you and your friends are heavy negotiators.
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