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UA Darth
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Just wondering if the game was decent for 3.
 
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With four it's a fantastic game but with three the game ends up with sort of a 2 against 1 imbalance.
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Yep.

Not as great as with more, but it works.
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Most of the 3-player sessions I've been in have had rapidly shifting alliances as each player was perceived as leading. Thus, we found it quite good as a 3-player. It could very much depend on the people you play with.
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mrbeankc wrote:
With four it's a fantastic game but with three the game ends up with sort of a 2 against 1 imbalance.


I agree. If we only have 3 people, this game goes back on the shelf and we find something else. Unfortunately, it's been awhile since it hit the table... shake
 
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Thanks for the responses.
 
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markus_kt wrote:
Most of the 3-player sessions I've been in have had rapidly shifting alliances as each player was perceived as leading. Thus, we found it quite good as a 3-player. It could very much depend on the people you play with.


Agreed. I played with my then-fiancée (now-wife) and her brother, and it worked well. We were all less overt in our backstabbing than the game tends to be with more players, so the dynamic was different, but it was still fun. It really does depend on the vibe you have with whatever particular group of three is playing.
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I'm a little late to the party, but I'll throw in my 2c.

In my opinion Illuminati has a lot of imbalance that comes from the starting group, the play order, and the cards drawn. However, this imbalance is naturally minimized by the fact that whoever is leading tends to get ganged up on. With 3 people, 2 against 1 often isn't enough ganging up to bring the lead player down (since money on the defending group counts double) so often the person who is in the lead can just play "turtle in the shell" and there's not much the other two players can do about it.

I almost never play unless there are 4 or more people.
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I have to say I agree with Apollo Andy above. 3-player seems to promote turtling and kingmaking, and I can't say I'm going to play with less than 4 anymore (though I'm keen to play bigger games).

see this thread for similar stories (and other commentary): http://boardgamegeek.com/thread/391803/my-first-and-hopefull...
 
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