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Subject: Slick Session Report - #7 - My first 3 player - Yummy ! rss

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Shane Walsh
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Since beginning on my enjoyable journey with Ra I have begun to realize with time that as much as I have wanted to play it with the full complement of 5 players it seems to be best with less .
A good gaming friend David had been less than impressed with Ra in our 3 5-player outings and I felt that he needed to see the beauty of this game - particularly as he is a clear-thinking , free-wheeling negotiating type in business ...

So I urged him to give it another go as he and my wife Lynley sat down to a 3 player standoff ...

I owned the first epoch - a majority of Pharoahs backed up by 3 Nile Tiles and a flood and a civilization tile was a great start . David picked up a Nile tile and 3 !!!! flood tiles but little else .
By epoch's end I had added 11 , David 2 and Lynley 0 .

As is often the case with Ra the second epoch developed very differently - my Pharoah/ Nile tile advantage grew but Lynley picked up many monuments to bolster her position . Critically , I got 5 tiles with a low sun toward the end of the epoch and cashed i big time ..
I added 18 , Lynley 5 , David 3 .

David started the final epoch with an impressive 6,8,10,12 sun grouping which he soon used to acquire a monument-rich display . I had 2 low and 2 high suns left and after getting some flood and Nile tiles early watched as my opponents set out to build their stocks . I bid my final sun with 3 Ra tiles still yet to be drawn and David picked up several monuments at the end to strengthen his position .

Lynley didn't get her 8th monument and ended up with 2 of 3 of them - enough to cripple her ability to win .

Final Scores : Shane 48 - Lynley 43 - David 40 .

SO - Did David enjoy this ?: Yes , much more so . With so much on his mind business-wise it's hard for him to focus he says but both Lynley and I felt it was more enjoyable as you seem to have more control .
 
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Wade Broadhead
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LOVE it with 3. It's probably the most played number of people for Ra in my household. I hated Ra, loved, hated, and now really enjoy the game. It really throws clear thinking euro snobs in a fit because so much of the game is timing, and a gut feeling about the length of the round.
 
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John Hilla
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I agree: Ra really works well with 3 players. It moves along, with that number of players, at a perfect clip: the game as a whole never ends up running long (although it rarely does with any number of players). But I think it's most fun with 3 players because the epochs can either last a while or end surprisingly quickly, depending on the luck of the draw. The suspense runs high!
 
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Shane Walsh
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denverarch wrote:
LOVE it with 3. It's probably the most played number of people for Ra in my household. I hated Ra, loved, hated, and now really enjoy the game. It really throws clear thinking euro snobs in a fit because so much of the game is timing, and a gut feeling about the length of the round.


I have enjoyed Ra immensely since moving on to it from a gateway gamers base - i.e. Settlers , TTR , Carcassonne and others . I agree that so much of it's appeal is living (or dying) on your gut instinct - I hope I don't demean it by saying that in some ways there is a pokerish (is that a word ?) aspect to it though of course what you are bidding with is open for all to see .
I know I am a latecomer as a devotee but it is currently my favourite game .
 
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