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My friend has a copy and we played 4-player. I enjoyed the game quite a bit, but was wondering if it's still just as good of a game with 2 players?
 
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It really isn't. Way too much depends on the luck of the shuffle each round when you lay out the possible action cards.
 
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dkeisen wrote:
It really isn't. Way too much depends on the luck of the shuffle each round when you lay out the possible action cards.


I disagree, but to each their own.

I will say this game dramatically changes based on the number of players though, which I like quite a bit.

You can always try it over on boardgamearena.com and see what you think for yourself.
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I play this game primarily 2-player with my wife, and I think it is quite a good game with 2. That said, I am not sure that it is as good with 2 as it is with more. Certainly there are some things that are lost (in particularly, your options with the people power track are more limited). But there is still a lot of strategy and tactics; I say that after probably 50 or so 2-player plays.

There is a fair amount of luck in how the cards come out, but I think that is also true with more players.

The main selling point for us is the fact that our two player games only take us about 30 minutes to play. With a baby in the house, that time frame is key. Sure, we would rather play luck-free Caylus (which takes us closer to 2 hours), but more often we play Year of the Dragon instead. And it's well worth playing - it packs a lot of strategy into those 30 minutes.
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Derek H
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dkeisen wrote:
It really isn't. Way too much depends on the luck of the shuffle each round when you lay out the possible action cards.

Yes, and you're meant to overcome that randomness (not "luck", strictly speaking) by being in the right position on the order track. If you are not, then its your play that is weak... sorry!
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Steven Backues
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gamesbook wrote:
dkeisen wrote:
It really isn't. Way too much depends on the luck of the shuffle each round when you lay out the possible action cards.

Yes, and you're meant to overcome that randomness (not "luck", strictly speaking) by being in the right position on the order track. If you are not, then its your play that is weak... sorry!


Hey, no need to abuse someone for not liking luck (or "randomness", if you prefer). It's just a preference, and there's nothing in it to suggest that their play is weak.

Sure, part of the game is about managing the randomness of the action cards. But successfully managing it is not the same as eliminating it. For example, if you are ahead on the track at a critical juncture, this will guarantee that you won't crash and burn. Fine. But it still makes a big difference whether the action that you need and the action that your opponent wants are in the same stack so that you can block him, or separate stacks so that you can't. In the latter case, bad luck for you.
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dkeisen wrote:
It really isn't. Way too much depends on the luck of the shuffle each round when you lay out the possible action cards.


wow - if this were true then it would be hard to explain there various play skill levels that have been statistically proven by the tournaments run here through mabiweb.com...

there are a few players that RARELY lose 2 player... statistics, the last time i checked, seemed to indicate at least 3, maybe 4 skill levels.

and anyone that thinks the luck of the draw unduly influences the out come should try playing some of the better players there.
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miklos kuti
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This is one of my favorite games, but when I played it as a 2 player game it felt like it just became a race on the turn-order track, so I don't play it any longer at this scale.
 
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