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Olav Fakkeldij
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It seems to us -after 10 2-player plays- that as soon as a player has the change to grab a serious lead in Conspiratio cards he starts to "feed" Rome with cards and wins the game. Anyone else?
 
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Bernd Eisenstein
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Hello!

That's very risky, because rome will win only 1/3rd of all games.
Especially if the other player has a discount of buying (3x in floribus) or a good income through a long row.

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Olav Fakkeldij
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bloodeisen wrote:
Hello!

That's very risky, because rome will win only 1/3rd of all games.


Really!? Then we are lousy players...
Rome has won all but two game: only the first 2 games, where both players were playing to win by having the most points. From the third game on at least one player was going for the Conspiratio cards and started "giving" Rome the best cards. The other player was never able to win against Rome on his own.

BTW Even when Rome wins (among others) the Conspiratio cards, the player with the Primus Conspiratus wins the game, right? There is never no winner.
 
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Bernd Eisenstein
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Hello Olav!

You are right, there is never NO winner!
If you are playing with rome from the start, you need 3 (minimum) to 5 Conspiratio Cards... this will mostly be more than Rome will have at the end of the game, so the other Player only needs to win 3 other Categories against Rome, which is not very hard.

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olavf wrote:
Really!? Then we are lousy players...

Hi Olav, either you are or my wife and me ... let's find out!

When someone gets ahead with the Intrigue cards, he also becomes Start player. That's a serious disadvantage for him, right? It's the second player who controls what goes to Rome ... depending on which row he buys.

So usually none of us goes straight for Red cards, also because they give no income the round you play them. Exception: if you have no land (praedium), you'll play Intrigue cards to be able to build army and a fleet.

If someone goes for a Rome victory, he usually collects Reds in his hand, to play them in one go (forsaking only one round of income). And preferably late rather than early, to be in control of what Rome gets. And also because otherwise you can't really be sure you've got the most Reds, can you?

If a player does go for a Rome victory, you can play against it by buying even expensive rows if they give Rome an advantage. You'll have more money than your opponent, so use it. Also, you're in control, as I said: Give Rome cards in colours of which they have lots already.

Does that make any sense?
 
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Olav Fakkeldij
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Thanks, Bernd!

we will give it another try.
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rome has never won our 2 player games..now are we lousey players
 
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