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Proto Persona
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Played my first 5 player game tonight. Ran long, but had a lot of fun. We liked the larger map a lot. The thought came up about playing the board with less than 5 players. Has anyone tried that before and have any advice to offer?
 
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The purpose of bigger maps for more players is to keep the world an appropriate size for the number of players. If you use a bigger board for less players it becomes less of a... Small World... You could give it a shot, but there would likely be less conflict and more of players just camping out because there's too much territory to go around.
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I can imagine people liking the game but wishing it wasn't as PvP intense. If that's the case for your group, give it a shot. I'd recommend respawning the Lost Tribes at the beginning of every round.
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Our very first game we played with 2 on the 3-player map (because we didn't spot the number of players icon).
It works, but you will not see very much conflict. Players can stay away from each other the entire game and just collect points. It's friendly, but a tad boring...
 
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What was the name of this game again?
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I think I didn't explain myself very well. I was wondering if anyone had adjusted the rules to make it still competitive with less players on the bigger board. My friend suggested something like having 2 in decline races. The lost tribe idea isn't bad either.

Maybe it's because I often get to play 3 player and rarely does the 4-5 board come out, but I really liked the bigger board layout and wanted to use it more.
 
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This has come up a few times before. It is definitely my wife's preferred way to play, because she prefers the ability to expand outward without running out of room.

Even for players that enjoy interaction, it's an interesting experiment. Some races/special powers reward interaction, so it becomes a more deliberate decision than one forced by the board. Playing with the larger board tends to add a (or increase the existing) political element of the game.
 
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Maybe you could select a number of territories to be no-go areas, in order to force more interaction. It could probably be a random selection with tweaking if necessary to avoid sections of the board cut off.

It would mean you're no longer playing the 5 player board but if the idea is to play with 3 or 4 players on a different board then it fits the bill.
 
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Thanks for the feedback everyone. I'm of the mind right now I'm better off picking up Realms when the rest of my group wants a new map. So far I'm the only one looking for some variety.
 
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Dave41fan wrote:
She prefers the ability to expand outward without running out of room.

That would be Risk, right? LOL

Proto Persona wrote:
I'm better off picking up Realms when the rest of my group wants a new map. So far I'm the only one looking for some variety.

If you want variety in this game, just change who you are playing with. That keeps it fresh for me. New races/powers help too. But yeah, Realms is good for a change of scenery--I'm just starting to tap into all that it has to offer, building tight, creative maps of my own is a rewarding challenge. (I'm testing my second one right now and I should be able to share it with everyone here by the end of May, if anyone's interested.)
 
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bandit_boy7 wrote:
Proto Persona wrote:
I'm better off picking up Realms when the rest of my group wants a new map. So far I'm the only one looking for some variety.

If you want variety in this game, just change who you are playing with. That keeps it fresh for me. New races/powers help too. But yeah, Realms is good for a change of scenery--I'm just starting to tap into all that it has to offer, building tight, creative maps of my own is a rewarding challenge. (I'm testing my second one right now and I should be able to share it with everyone here by the end of May, if anyone's interested.)

Change of line up is a few and far between thing for me. I only know 2 people with the urge to play games as often as me.
 
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Sad. Sorry.
You should check out meetup.com listings for your local area.
I did, and I found 3 groups within 20 miles that I didn't know existed!
Now I turn down gaming opportunities all the time and still get my fill. With this in mind (if you feel hesitant to do this, as I did) the best advice I have received was: "You may have better luck turning gamers into friends than trying to turn your friends into gamers." That was genius. And attend whatever local convention is near you. 2 years later, I have so many great gamer-friends, and I'm involved in a great community.
Good luck to you.
 
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