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Ian Kissell
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So I've been considering adding an abstract strategy game to my collection that plays more then 2 players. In particular, I've been considering Glüx, Santorini, Element, and Photosynthesis.

I've played Glux quite a bit and enjoy it, so I am mainly comparing the others to it. Element I played once at 2 players and thought it was fun. I liked the random draw actually, but wondered if it might be too strong a factor. Santorini I have only played on Tabletopia, but wonder how it will play with more then 2.

If you have played more then one of these, please comment on which you liked best, and how you think it plays with more then 2 players. Also, I don't mind meanness or luck in an abstract game, and actually welcome it to some degree.
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I have played Santorini with three players and it's okay, but better with 2. The problem, I run into at least, is that one player can be about to win the next turn, so the player that goes next sets up the third player to win instead. It's a bit petty and that win will definitely have an asterisk next to it!

I would really like to play with four, but haven't had the chance yet. I could see the decisions getting really interesting as one player may be trying to setup their partner to best utilize their God's power. I'm looking forward to trying it!
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You know Glüx, and to me this is clearly the best one of the games you mentioned. In my experience, Glux is one of the games everybody can agree upon. The reactions in different groups ranged from "It's okay" to "Wow, that's awesome!!"- but nobody disliked it.
 
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I have not played Element two player, but I really enjoy that game 4 player. the concept of one person targeting you and you targeting a different person adds a lot to the game. Based on that, i think two player would play totally different since it is more head to head.
 
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Nussknackerz wrote:
I have played Santorini with three players and it's okay, but better with 2. The problem, I run into at least, is that one player can be about to win the next turn, so the player that goes next sets up the third player to win instead. It's a bit petty and that win will definitely have an asterisk next to it!

I would really like to play with four, but haven't had the chance yet. I could see the decisions getting really interesting as one player may be trying to setup their partner to best utilize their God's power. I'm looking forward to trying it!


I agree. Santorini is quick and fun with 2 or 3 but better with 2. 3 is a bit chaotic and yet fun in that regard as well.
 
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I have been torn between Glux vs Element...which do you prefer?

Is Element a much heavier game than Glux? I really enjoy Indigo and am looking for another group Abstract Strategy game in that vein; not too brain-burny.
 
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The reprint of Torres will be available soon, if it isn't already.
 
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