Arma virumque said:
So, I'm trying to figure out how to teach this game to my wife in such a manner that she actually enjoys it. My big worry is the challenges phase. All my (solitaire) test games come down with a serious case of analysis paralysis during that phase, particularly after there are about 4 characters in play on each side.
Does anyone have any suggestions on how newbies can get through the challenge phase without the tempo bogging down? Rules of thumb, even if they're only useful half the time, would be a great help.
Agree with both Old Ben and Ktom...
And I'd add a useful thing I usually do when I demonstrate the game (and other game like this).
Build up a pre constructed "field" with 3 chars per side, just for Challenges phase.
It seems complicated at first glance, but it's not. it's more complicated for you than for her.
This is my usual "demonstration" board.
You: 2 Chars M, P and 2 Strength. 1 Char with both Intrigue and Power and Strength 2.
Her: 2 Chars I, P and 1 Stregnth. 1 Char M and 2 Stregnth.
Step 1: you attack with a M,P 2 Str Guy, letting her choose...BUt the tendence is that she has to defend with her only Military Guy. So, let her kill itself for the Military claim.
Step 2: pass your turn and let her attack you. Try to focus on her Intrigue icons and let her understand that she has to attack with both the 1 Str guys with Intrigue. You defend whit your only Intrigue guy and lose the challenge and Satisfy the military claim.
Step 3: You should whin dominance with your Standing M, P and 2 Str guy.
With this 3 simple steps she understands a bunch of basic elements of the game with no fatigue at all:
- Military and Intrigue effect;
- As Ktom Said, if able, try to do Intrigue fisrt;
- Unopposed challenge claim to avoid declaring defenders;
- Kneelin' all of your chars without reasoning about it, will bring you to lose Dominance;
- Order of challenges is not imperative;
- You don't have to do multiple challenges if you don't want to.
- With tied strength, the attacker wins.
This is an example I usually use. Try to figure out some funny pre constructed field. By them, she'll get the point soon and without getting bored.
Let us Know!!!
C'mon wife! :-)