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There's several comments about it with 3-4 players, which makes sense since its supposed to be like Lost Cities for more than 2. But by the same token, its Lost Cities based. So how does it play with 2? I like the theme (or lack thereof) better than LC and would get it to replace LC in my collection if its as good with 2.

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lifepawn wrote:
There's several comments about it with 3-4 players, which makes sense since its supposed to be like Lost Cities for more than 2. But by the same token, its Lost Cities based. So how does it play with 2? I like the theme (or lack thereof) better than LC and would get it to replace LC in my collection if its as good with 2.



I think by the time this is released in English it will be named "Lost Cities: The Board Game". Perhaps that answers the question although maybe there are a few rule changes?





 
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I hope its definately different. I don't really want more of the same.
 
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I've played this three times with 2 players and really enjoyed it. The rules say to discard 30 cards from the (double) deck when playing with two. This adds a bit of randomness and also helps the timing of card exhaustion more closely match the second game ending condition (any 5 pawns on the top circle). The ability to play cards in either ascending or descending order makes almost any starting hand potentially valuable. Since you can start with a 10 (and work your way down to 0, even using duplicate cards if you play them in succession), the only type of hand that is really frustrating is all "middle" cards, say fours to sixes in each color. The tiles on the board which give you an extra move also can be used to move up a piece for which you have not drawn suitable cards. Since only the count of cards moves the pieces and the numbers on the cards don't score directly, a "low hand" or "high hand" does not create the problems it can in Lost Cities. Keltis doesn't replace its predecessor, but I think it is of similar quality.
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I bought the game in Berlin last week and played it 8 times during the my weekend stay with a non-boardgamer friend of mine. And it worked very well and we had good fun. The mechanic with picking up discarded cards never got into play in any of the 8 games we played (it was always possible to discard something the other player couldnt use), but expect this to be a mechanic designed for the 3-4 player game.

The random setup of the stones really is a win for the game since it makes for a nice variation between each game. And then game plays very fast in a 2 player set - I think some of our last games were below 15 minutes.

So: A good 2 player game - though in 2 player it feels very similar to Lost Cities

Im looking forward to try the game with 4 players :)
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