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I was somewhat disappointed after reading the rules, because you dont ever get to play with the whole map!

Why is that? is it just for replayability?
Do you ever play the whole map with 6 adjusting the #of cities on the triggers for the steps?
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You answered yourself, I guess. It's a mix of replayability and logistic issues: playing on the whole map with 6 players (and with more cities to own for each goal) would be not only too long, but also the Power Plants deck would be likely to be exhausted much before the end of the game.
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One of the possible variants using Power Plant Deck 2, does involve you playing on the complete map with 6 players. This has increased targets for the number of cities required, but you do have larger plants, above number 50, powering more than 7 cities.
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Re: Whole Map?
tdbs wrote:
I was somewhat disappointed after reading the rules, because you dont ever get to play with the whole map!

It's analogous to games with geomorphic maps. You never play Squad Leader with all of the dozens of available mapboards combined either.
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tdbs wrote:
Do you ever play the whole map with 6 adjusting the #of cities on the triggers for the steps?

Only if you use Power Grid: The New Power Plant Cards and add the '+' plants to the mix.
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russ wrote:
It's analogous to games with geomorphic maps. You never play Squad Leader with all of the dozens of available mapboards combined either.

Few people play Dominion with all the cards.
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In theory could you play with all 6 territories but the last city in each territory becomes unavailable? If you had 6 poker chips you would just cover up a territory as it became the last one.
 
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In theory could you play with all 6 territories but the last city in each territory becomes unavailable? If you had 6 poker chips you would just cover up a territory as it became the last one.

Sure you could, though be aware that this changes the actual game mechanics and strategy, possibly quite significantly, since you don't know in advance which cities will be playable with this proposed variant.
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russ wrote:
Danath wrote:
In theory could you play with all 6 territories but the last city in each territory becomes unavailable? If you had 6 poker chips you would just cover up a territory as it became the last one.

Sure you could, though be aware that this changes the actual game mechanics and strategy, possibly quite significantly, since you don't know in advance which cities will be playable with this proposed variant.

Which could be fun...

You could also just go around and select 6 cities to not play with.
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You have only read the rules, give the game a chance before you start complaining you can't play with the whole map.
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You have only read the rules, give the game a chance before you start complaining you can't play with the whole map.


Please dont get me wrong, after reading the rules i thought the game is GREAT, i just thought i would get to play the whole map so i wanted to know what do people think is the reason why we dont play with a the whole map, and to see if people here do play it like that with variants.

Even if it looks like it, i'm not complaining.
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If you get the Benelux expansion, you can play with the whole map on that board since it only has what is effectively 5 regions of 7 cities (instead of the normal 6).
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tdbs wrote:
eightbit wrote:
You have only read the rules, give the game a chance before you start complaining you can't play with the whole map.


Please dont get me wrong, after reading the rules i thought the game is GREAT, i just thought i would get to play the whole map so i wanted to know what do people think is the reason why we dont play with a the whole map, and to see if people here do play it like that with variants.

Even if it looks like it, i'm not complaining.
Just try it, you'll like it. Not being able to play in a particular region is a feature not a flaw.
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I played with 6 on the whole map, without changing any rules, number of necessary cities, or else, and it was fun.
 
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tdbs wrote:
eightbit wrote:
You have only read the rules, give the game a chance before you start complaining you can't play with the whole map.


Please dont get me wrong, after reading the rules i thought the game is GREAT, i just thought i would get to play the whole map so i wanted to know what do people think is the reason why we dont play with a the whole map, and to see if people here do play it like that with variants.

Even if it looks like it, i'm not complaining.



The game is balanced by the fact that possible locations in each stage becomes quite tight. If the whole board was open, then the game would definitely lose some of the tension, since players wouldn't have to stump up as much cash to connect their cities.

Also, players choose their starting regions so this allows each board to provide a combination of different game areas per session.
 
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pethulhu wrote:
I played with 6 on the whole map, without changing any rules, number of necessary cities, or else, and it was fun.

You thought you were having fun, but you weren't really.
 
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Yes, I'm a heretic devil
 
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ras2124 wrote:
If you get the Benelux expansion, you can play with the whole map on that board since it only has what is effectively 5 regions of 7 cities (instead of the normal 6).


Correct me if I'm wrong, but the Japan map has also 5 regions.
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