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Peloponnes has been our most played of the Essen purchases, mainly because of it's quick play time, and the fact that it scales up to 5 players (we've had 5 players quite a lot recently!). So it's not surprising that we've also tried it 2 player to see how it works.
Rules - how are they different in a 2 player game?
There are no rules differences as such with 2 players. The number of tiles available for auction each turn is equal to the number of players, so with 2 is just 2 tiles, with 3 being in the conflict line.
How is the game different with 2?
Most of the game plays out very similarly, but it somehow feels more solo with just 2.
The auctions still require the same evaluation as before - am I going to get overbid on this tile, and if so, where do I move to? However, with only one opponent this is often trivial - especially as 3 of the 5 tiles are in the conflict row anyway, with no overbidding. As this is the only real interaction in the game, it does feel slightly reduced.
Strategy choices in what tiles to buy seem a little more limited - again because most of the tiles are in the conflict line, and the cost starts getting expensive, so you can't afford to buy tiles from this line every turn. However, the basic strategies seem unchanged, and as in the multiplayer game do seem to be most dependent on the start tile you're allocated.
Although the gameplay is relatively unchanged with just 2, Peloponnes does lose a little something when played without the extra players. However, it's still fun with 2, and I expect will get played more that way - especially with it's quick play time.
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Perfect. That's exactly what I needed to know.
DAGANZO DE ARRIBA
I totally agree; I was wondering regarding this and you gave us the key. Thx!