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Subject: Blocking Players Variant? rss

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ketchupgun
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(Keep in mind I've played this game 4 times now, twice wrong).

As you can suspect, being the noob owner of this game, my wife and I are just as fresh to it with whoever we play with...and it's anyone's game.
Though I feel with more practice, we'll start annihilating new players at our table...and that won't be any fun.

I've read this all to be true about new players that won't be able to catch up in PG. That's just how the game works.

With that said, I propose this mistake (ehem, variant!):
You really can block players' cities. Instead of being able to jump over someone and pay the bigger connection fees, why not just let them be stuck there. This may allow players to block a leading player semi-permanently ... and in order to star building again, that leading player must simply wait for The Next Step (where he can build in occupied cities).

I think this would give the lesser players a chance to catch up wouldn't it .. so that by the time each step comes, everyone is just a little closer.

I would love some options from exp'd players
k.



EDIT: grammar/spelling
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Jérôme
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Bad!

The 'big jump' over other players' cities is costly, so that should be sufficient as 'block'. Besides that, there are other ways to block the leader, just buy all resources before him.
 
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This would seriously change the game and I'm not sure it would help new players as most likely, they would be the ones who found themselves blocked making the problem you're trying to fix worse.

Sounds like a bad idea to me.
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Richard Dowdy
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This could get really unpleasant. Newbie player sticks his first house in a city over on the edge of the board. You take one of the two cities it connects to, and expand into the other one before he does, chiding him with "have fun powering one city for the rest of the phase."
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This is a TERRIBLE idea!
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Michael Wong
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I played it this way by mistake for my first few games. It's horrible. A single player can stall the game by enclosing a few cities, not expanding into them and thus preventing step 2 from triggering. They can choose to trigger step 2 whenever they want, or just wait for step 3.
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Randall Bart
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ketchupgun wrote:
wow
This is a TERRIBLE idea!

Agreement.
 
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tim
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Not good, like others have said its going to be the experienced player shutting out the noob.
 
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