since I play most games with my wife, how does this one fare with two players?
I would say it is pretty close to impossible to play this with two players. There are no 2 player scenarios and I don't think you could satisfactorily rework the3 or 4 player games as 2 player games.
My wife and I came up with a way to play Italia II together.
Player One takes Red & Green, Player Two takes Yellow & Blue. The only switch that needs to be made is you exchange the Foederati & The Ostrogoths.
The only remaining "problem" lies with the Berbers, as they target both Green (Vandals, Arabs) & Blue (African Romans, Byzantines). We elected to keep them with Red, as the drawback for player one is that it becomes impossible to score much with them.
The game banced out quiet nicely, and it was a close finnish.
Winning happens by adding the scores of all 8 peoples you control together, however: If one of your two groups scores less than 75% of your other group, the least scoring group is reduced by half. In this way you cannot sacrifice all of a people to help another of a different colour.
I cannot imagine a working two-player scenario for Italia I. The beauty of this game is the total stand-off in which you cannot target one group without handing over victory to the third.
Try out Italia II, though, and let me know what you think.
Suggested setup for two does generate some degree of problems (at least when we tried).
It is really tough to set up game for two but let's see...
Thinking it over, it seems to be best to think the game as nations in succession and north and south separately.
Hence, At the beginning it is imperative that in North, West Romans oppose Visigoths, Huns and Foedeorati. Later it is quite important that who controls West Romans (now out of play) controls major invaders, Ostrogoths and Franks, who in turn end the empire of Visigoths. To make North more unstable, Avars and Burgundy must oppose Franks.
Obviously Patrimonium should be on opposing side to Foedeorati.
Ostrogoth empire is most likely brought down by Byzantium and they should not be on same side.
In south, Vandals must oppose Sardes and Berbers must oppose Vandals to undermine them and gain control over Africa. African Romans must oppose Vandals and may gain support from Berbers to reduce Vandal threat.
Vandals should be out of Africa before Arabs arrive and question remains if Byzantium and Arabs should be on different side or not.
Now layout would be as follows:
Green (player 1)
Blue (player 1)
Yellow (player 1)
Red (Player 1)
- West Romans
Red (player 2)
Yellow (Player 2)
Blue (player 2)
- AF Romans
Scores from each nation could be counted together.
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