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Kevin Heindselman
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I'm leading a board game group at my church tonight and was going to teach Alhambra. The group is attended by adults whose game experience is mostly classic American games and card games. I am thinking about varying the game to remove some of the complexity and shorten it to make sure we can play in 45 minutes with rules explanation. What variations would you recommend for a "learning game"? I was thinking about ending the game after the first two scoring rounds. I couldn't think of anything else.

Thoughts?
 
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Romain Jacques
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Give more money at the beginning of the game.

Give 3 tiles to each player randomly before the game start.
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Laurence Parsons
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Really, Alhambra is a pretty simple game. I'd recommend playing it as-is. If you make up a variant, you're likely to lose some balance.

Having said that, if you're determined to alter something, just remove the reserve board. That's probably the most complicated part.
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I thought he wanted to save time.
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For saving time you could always play normally but stop the game at the 2nd counting of points...

And then, if they like it, explain that normally you keep playing until the tile pile is exhausted for a 3rd counting.
 
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Kevin Heindselman
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Thanks for the replies. I did not get a chance to teach this, but I were to in the future, I would teach it as is based on your replies and just let us play until we ran out of time. If that meant we didn't get to 2nd scoring, I would have just scored 2nd scoring when we stopped. Same with 3rd scoring.
 
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I just taught it to a group of 8-10 year-olds. They were able to do pretty well on their first go of it. We could not fit it into 45 minutes for sure, perhaps later.

I was very generous with letting them move tiles in their city,( I only had the German rules with me, and couldn't remember EXACTLY how the reserve board worked). I would think this may make the game a bit easier, but surely not correct. It still worked out fine, and I can teach them the correct rules next time.

Does anyone have a link to the english rules?


 
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KMueller wrote:
Does anyone have a link to the english rules?

I saw an English video at the Queen games web site.
 
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