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I know that the more you are, the more "Lifeboats" is good.
But how is the game for 4 players ? And for 3 ? Is it ok ?

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Technically it works.. but I usually bring this game out only when we have 5 or 6 players. With 4 I'd rather play my other games anyway... so it fills the gap of games to play with larger groups. (for me anyway)

Having said that I have played it with 4 and we all enjoyed it.. but we all said at the end.. that would be better with 5 or 6.

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Lifeboats is best when playing with a full six players. But to improve game play when using 3-5 try limiting the number of boats used according to the number of players.

We use:
3 players: 2 officers + 5 sailors (21men), 5 boats (30spaces)
4 players: 2 officers + 5 sailors (28men), 6 boats (36spaces)
5 players: 2 officers + 4 sailors (30men), 6 boats (36spaces)
6 players: 2 officers + 4 sailors (36men), 7 boats (42spaces)
~total amounts in ()

This keeps the total # of men and the total # of begining (boat)spaces available more consistant for 3-6 players.



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Germarish wrote:
Lifeboats is best when playing with a full six players. But to improve game play when using 3-5 try limiting the number of boats used according to the number of players.

We use:
3 players: 2 officers + 5 sailors (21men), 5 boats (30spaces)
4 players: 2 officers + 5 sailors (28men), 6 boats (36spaces)
5 players: 2 officers + 4 sailors (30men), 6 boats (36spaces)
6 players: 2 officers + 4 sailors (36men), 7 boats (42spaces)
~total amounts in ()

This keeps the total # of men and the total # of begining (boat)spaces available more consistant for 3-6 players.





I haven't played the rerelease, but in the original version you only played with a boat per player plus the black boat. So you would get:

3 players: 2 officers + 5 sailors (21men), 4 boats (24spaces)
4 players: 2 officers + 5 sailors (28men), 5 boats (30spaces)
5 players: 2 officers + 4 sailors (30men), 6 boats (36spaces)
6 players: 2 officers + 4 sailors (36men), 7 boats (42spaces)

Does the Z-Man games version have different rules?
 
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frunkee wrote:
Germarish wrote:
Lifeboats is best when playing with a full six players. But to improve game play when using 3-5 try limiting the number of boats used according to the number of players.

We use:
3 players: 2 officers + 5 sailors (21men), 5 boats (30spaces)
4 players: 2 officers + 5 sailors (28men), 6 boats (36spaces)
5 players: 2 officers + 4 sailors (30men), 6 boats (36spaces)
6 players: 2 officers + 4 sailors (36men), 7 boats (42spaces)
~total amounts in ()

This keeps the total # of men and the total # of begining (boat)spaces available more consistant for 3-6 players.





I haven't played the rerelease, but in the original version you only played with a boat per player plus the black boat. So you would get:

3 players: 2 officers + 5 sailors (21men), 4 boats (24spaces)
4 players: 2 officers + 5 sailors (28men), 5 boats (30spaces)
5 players: 2 officers + 4 sailors (30men), 6 boats (36spaces)
6 players: 2 officers + 4 sailors (36men), 7 boats (42spaces)

Does the Z-Man games version have different rules?


No difference in Z-Mans rules from the set up that you wrote.

The alternative set up I suggested just keeps the # of spaces available more consistant from 3-6 players. Not really much of a difference in game play; but a variant set up that we like to use.
 
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