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So i just bought the game and we are about to play our first game in the following days. It is probably going to be a 5 player game. How exactly does a 5 player game roll, judging by your experience? Does House Tyrell have the advantage since there is nobody in the south to oppose him?
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I strongly recommend to use overlay for south, which restores map as was in 1st edition (or similar).
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Overlay? What sort of an overlay are you talking about?
 
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Edited map fragment you can find somewhere on BGG.
 
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Here's a link to a pretty good overlay.

For a first go, I wouldn't worry too much about it. Everyone is going to be learning, so you're likely going to get a lot of, "Oh, I should have done THAT a long time ago," or, "So THAT'S how often muster/supply turns up."

In short, I've had fun on the 2nd edition board with 5, but, to each their own.
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I think that balance issues will come into play when the players have a few games under their belts. Once you have played three or four games, you're going to want to get 6 together every time (At our table, many simply refuse to play with less than 6), but for the learning experience playing with 5 with an overlay or even with the original rules is good enough.
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Xapi wrote:
I think that balance issues will come into play when the players have a few games under their belts. Once you have played three or four games, you're going to want to get 6 together every time (At our table, many simply refuse to play with less than 6), but for the learning experience playing with 5 with an overlay or even with the original rules is good enough.

But still playing original setup may ruin the impression.
Some players may simply say something like "he won only because of much better starting position, I don't like the game".
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Radziol wrote:
Xapi wrote:
I think that balance issues will come into play when the players have a few games under their belts. Once you have played three or four games, you're going to want to get 6 together every time (At our table, many simply refuse to play with less than 6), but for the learning experience playing with 5 with an overlay or even with the original rules is good enough.

But still playing original setup may ruin the impression.
Some players may simply say something like "he won only because of much better starting position, I don't like the game".


Fair enough. You could also use the impassable sides of the neutral garrison tokens for those southern areas. There are neutral garrisons in the 5 player game in the Martel area, right?
 
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Makis mou wrote:
So i just bought the game and we are about to play our first game in the following days. It is probably going to be a 5 player game. How exactly does a 5 player game roll, judging by your experience? Does House Tyrell have the advantage since there is nobody in the south to oppose him?


I've played 5 player and it worked out fine. Whatever the advantage to Baratheon and Tyrell for the neutrals, the other players can balance that out.

Maybe on your upteenth game it gives and advantage, but by then you can judge for yourself.
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sirjeyhmis wrote:
Fair enough. You could also use the impassable sides of the neutral garrison tokens for those southern areas. There are neutral garrisons in the 5 player game in the Martel area, right?

Simply blocking off areas will not necessarily improve balance, rather just create new imbalances.

For example, if you blocked of Yronwood, Starfall and Salt Shore (leaving the normal neutral force in Sunspear so that that victory point is still available), then Tyrell will have lots of crown areas that won't really be contested, making him much stronger. If you additionally blocked off the Boneway and Prince's Pass (meaning the "whole" of Dorne geographically, minus Sunspear), then Tyrell has no realistic chance of taking Storm's End, and Baratheon probably wins by default.

I wouldn't bother playing a 5-player game without an overlay, maybe because I'm used to 1st Ed 5-player games.
 
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We just played our first 5-player game a few weeks ago using the Race to King's Landing variant and we had a blast. The changes are simple: Baratheon is unplayable and Dragonstone is impassable. I highly recommend it.
 
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stoodster wrote:
We just played our first 5-player game a few weeks ago using the Race to King's Landing variant and we had a blast. The changes are simple: Baratheon is unplayable and Dragonstone is impassable. I highly recommend it.


We tried this for our first (5-player) game, and it worked out great. I as Martell had a quite easy stretch up the eastern shores though, as my gaming group didn't really notice me gaining castles/keeps and King's Landing fast enough. I may have won on a missed Raid token as well.. ninja Next time we will definitely be aware of the coast line, and I get the feeling that this setup is actually quite balanced all in all.
 
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