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Play with more people in a reasonable amount of time. Sun, 06 October 2013 18:23
Hey, I wanted to post this idea to get feedback from other people who have tried or want to try playing Small World with more than 5 people. I've played with six people on the 5-player board, and I've played with 6 people using "Tunnels," and I hope to play with 6 people on the upcoming 6-player board.

However, they games I've played with 6 players were very long and some of my friends have little patience for a board game that long. I came up with a solution that I think might work.

First, bring the number of turns way down. I'd say five turns would be a reasonable amount of time. The only problem is, This isn't enough time to even use two races effectively, but too much time to keep one race going. So:

Give everyone the "Stout" power. Just make it a rule that going into decline is done at the end of your turn instead of taking up a whole turn Take out the "stout" special power, as it's superfluous, and play with all the rest.

I'm curious to see if anyone has tried this or something similar, or if anyone notices problems with it right off the bat.
      
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Re:Play with more people in a reasonable amount of time. Sun, 06 October 2013 20:21
Interesting idea. I haven't tried this but I can see how this would give you the experience you're looking for. If you've tried a large game with Tunnels, I would also recommend that you just break your big group of people into two games: One playing Small World and one playing Small World Underground.

Obviously if you're wanting to keep everyone in the same game that wouldn't work...

Let us know how your idea turns out. Smile
      
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Re:Play with more people in a reasonable amount of time. Sun, 06 October 2013 20:26
Orionsbelt wrote on Sun, 06 October 2013 18:23

I'm curious to see if anyone has tried this or something similar, or if anyone notices problems with it right off the bat.
Well, it seems to me that hardly anyone would keep their race active between turns (especially the first one) in such a system, since it would essentially be too risky without immunity powers.

Such a system would likely be way more aggressive than the regular format. Could be fun actually...
      
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Re:Play with more people in a reasonable amount of time. Sun, 06 October 2013 20:35
Mavado wrote on Sun, 06 October 2013 22:26

Orionsbelt wrote on Sun, 06 October 2013 18:23

I'm curious to see if anyone has tried this or something similar, or if anyone notices problems with it right off the bat.
Well, it seems to me that hardly anyone would keep their race active between turns (especially the first one) in such a system, since it would essentially be too risky without immunity powers.

Such a system would likely be way more aggressive than the regular format. Could be fun actually...


Good point! In 5 turns, everyone might just cycle through 5 faces since they could spread out for a turn and go In Decline. Maybe you could have a limit where players can only use this Stout ability once in the game. They could have a special token they turn in when they use the ability. Very Happy
      
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Re:Play with more people in a reasonable amount of time. Mon, 07 October 2013 06:04
Your idea might work, but why not just play with a timer? One minute per turn and a 6-player/8-turn game is over in 48 minutes, with no drastic rule changes.
      
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Re:Play with more people in a reasonable amount of time. Mon, 07 October 2013 12:14
Lawrence303 wrote on Mon, 07 October 2013 00:04

One minute per turn


Too unreasonable. 60 seconds goes by a LOT faster than you think it would.

Mavado wrote on Sun, 06 October 2013 14:26

Well, it seems to me that hardly anyone would keep their race active between turns (especially the first one) in such a system, since it would essentially be too risky without immunity powers.


Excellent point. Since there are SO many other players to potentially beat your race into the ground before your next turn, this would happen a lot! You have a great idea of limiting it! But instead of your once-per game idea, how about this: any player can, at the end of their turn, pay 2 victory coins (or 3, or 4, or 5, would have to be play-tested) to exercise the Stout power?
      
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Re:Play with more people in a reasonable amount of time. Tue, 08 October 2013 10:19
I've played 7-player on the Realms boards, and with 2 newbies at that. We used a turn timer. People weren't completely obliterated in between their own turns (no more than normal anyway), and it went really fast as I recall. Many turns can be taken in less than 60 seconds, especially since you have time to strategize when it's not your turn.

FWIW, we used the turn timer setting of an allotment of time for each player. They had to get all of their turns done in 15 minutes or something like that. Each time it came around to them, we hit their timer, and they could use up as much of it as they wanted. Some turns are longer than others, but only 1 person hit their limit as I recall, so we gave them grace (and urging) and the game was amazingly short and enjoyable this way.

DOW set the turn limit at 8 for 6-player games (in Realms). We may have adjusted it to 7 for 7 players...I can't remember. A good time was had by all.
      
    
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