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Travis Bridges
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Is this game worthwhile for 2-players? I have played it with 3, and it seems that the reduced competition for tiles would make this game a snoozer for 2...am I wrong in that assumption?
 
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Thomas Taylor
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I would say no.
 
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It isn't as tight as the 3 or 4 player game, but a competition for tiles still exists. Not right away, but as the game picks up, your fields will start to need the same field tiles. I'm sure that if you had each player take 4 starting field tiles, rather than just the two, that the competition would be there from the beginning.

In fact, I'd be interested to see how this plays with 2 players each playing with 2 country boards and stores, alternating player A1-B1-A2-B2. That would make for some very interesting decisions.
 
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I'm not too thrilled about dummy players or players playing two hands. I want to teach this game to my wife, but I feel playing two hands would really be overwhelming. Because I am looking to play with my wife, it doesn't need to be as tight with 2 as it is with 3 or 4, but I just can't imagine any drama with 2 at all. Any other opinions?
 
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There is plenty of competition in 2-player games. First, you can take your opponent's tiles by paying for them if they don't place a minimum bid on it that is too high. Second, you need the tiles that your opponent will want quite often after the first 3-4 turns. My wife and I had plenty of groans as the other took the tile they needed. Don't rule out direct conflict in this one with only 2 players, it is there.
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Felix Rodriguez
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Having just played it for both 2 and 4 players, I'd say there's actually MORE competition in the 2 player version.

If you keep in mind that earning a point for yourself is the same as denying a point for your opponent - then it doesn't matter that a tile is useless for you. We had some brutal swings in our game. Very few tiles with 2 or less bids were left unstolen, so in the end we were placing 5 and 6 bids on the tiles we REALLY wanted in order to avoid our enemy's wrath. Compare this with the 4 player where MOST tiles went for 2, and only very rarely did people bid up more than that.

Tasty game.
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chicagometh wrote:
Is this game worthwhile for 2-players? I have played it with 3, and it seems that the reduced competition for tiles would make this game a snoozer for 2...am I wrong in that assumption?


This game is a blast for two players, but there's one important condition required: you have to agree not to "crop count" the crop supply. In a 2-player game, the hidden information aspect of the game is totally wiped out otherwise. By simply counting the red crop counters in the supply and subtracting the ones behind your screen, you can know exactly how many red crop counters your opponent has saved up.

So you have to either agree not to crop-count the supply or else play without the screens that hide your personal crop holdings. The former is vastly preferable to the latter...
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Eddy Richards
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We've played it two player several times and found it pretty good, with definite opportunities for messing with your opponent's plans.

I have to say that we never even contemplated cube counting (too lazy) so this didn't enter into it. I tried, but failed, to keep a vague idea of what she had when we played it tonight. Surprisingly tricky to keep it straight in your head (so I didn't bother in the end).
 
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