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Subject: number of players? rss

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Crazy Bob
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I've only ever played these crayon rails with 2 or 3. Is there more jockying for position/cities with a full complement of players? It seems like there would be problems getting cut off from the smaller cites and also the increased posiblity of commodity chips running out. Or, rather, does it have the same feel regardless of the number of players?
 
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Eric Brosius
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My favorite 18xx game for six players is two games of 1846 with three players each.
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No, the game has a lot more interaction with more players. It also takes longer with more players, though if you're enjoying it, that can be a plus. I still have fond memories of an 11-player game a number of years ago.
 
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david landes
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Different of the series are better for different numbers of players. For example, basic Empire Builder shines with 4, five is okay, and six too aggravating. 2 or 3 is a little more heavily solitaire.

Nippon rails gets mean with 4.. 3 works pretty well.

etc.

I definitely think 4 players is typically more interesting and competitive.

 
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Stephen Smith
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There is definitely more interaction with more players, particularly once you get four or more. Once you get four players, you start having competition for both the small and medium sized cities. As you noted, another effect of having more players is that it is much more likely that some commodity chips will run out -- particularly if there are multiple people carrying the same thing around on spec.
 
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