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Subject: Small*Bang: a quick and more transparent Bang rss

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My latest game: Big*Bang, a simple abstract about the first minutes of the Universe
My best-rated game: TETRARCHIA, about the tetrarchy that saved Rome
As I said in this thread, I will give in this folder some hints about each of the variants that are proposed. Let's start with number 1!

For a shorter Big*Bang experience, put 6 particles of each type back in the bag, and play thus with 15 protons and neutrons. During setup, place the 60 particles randomly. Therefore, 24 circles will start empty.

Obviously, the game will be quicker, since some particules left the board already and the number of moves will be smaller. But there is another aspect that is enhanced with this variant: 'transparency'. As the density of particules will be lower and 24 circles start empty, the lines of possible fusion and annihilation become more easily visible. In that sense, moves may be quicker too, since mistakes due to a line 'unseen' will be more rare.

Another aspect to consider is the random setup. You should randomize the particules but also the empty spaces! Although not necessarily, you may want to create asymmetrical areas in order to introduce new challenges. But don't forget that the younger player has the choice of side, so if you are the elder one don't let setups that seem to handicap one of the players go through! And don't forget that the elder player starts, though.

In summary, even if the base game is a short one, this is a good variant if you are in a hurry!
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