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Andrew Shegda
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For some reason I just can’t find it in the rules. Aren’t you supposed to only use like 3 shipping lanes with 3 players? 4 with 4 players etc ?
 
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alandric wrote:
For some reason I just can’t find it in the rules. Aren’t you supposed to only use like 3 shipping lanes with 3 players? 4 with 4 players etc ?


No. Full board always.

My experience is that that is not just fine with 4, but that 4 is a better player count for the game using the full board than 5 is.

A reduced board for 3 would make some sense but it is not part of the rules, would be complex to tack on, and is fundamentally not necessary.
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What he said.

The increased risk of a particular area not opening makes the smaller player counts more interesting.
 
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alandric wrote:
For some reason I just can’t find it in the rules. Aren’t you supposed to only use like 3 shipping lanes with 3 players? 4 with 4 players etc ?


Always the full board. It does make it so that you generally open fewer regions in games with fewer players.

However, the new edition coming to Kickstarter in January has 2 boards; a 2-3 player board, and a 4-5 player board!

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We played four the other night and didn't fill one city I think? And had multiple attacks, so could have filled everything if we'd really wanted too
 
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Maarten D. de Jong
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fnord23 wrote:
The increased risk of a particular area not opening makes the smaller player counts more interesting.

Quite. Between experienced players there is quite a bit of impromptu brinkmanship going on which adds considerably to the experience.

Of course that also means that most gamers hate this concept and instead prefer feeling boxed in.
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