my group randomly sets up 3 ring board then we try to destribute systems so they are somewhat equal(the HS) we aim for around 5-6 production touching a home system
how do u set up the board
Posted 23 October 2012 - 09:26 AM
Divide the tiles evenly face down and each player chooses a pile.
one good double or triple system for your spacedocks.
some medium strength tiles
some poor tiles
Then red tiles
New player or fun play….Most tiles are resource rich
Challenging play….1 good double, rest are random strength
Expert play….1 average double, rest are low resource
New player mix allows enough resources so if a new player;s fleet is wiped out, the new player can still easily recover.
Expert play makes each move very important because it is not easy to recover from a fleet getting wiped out.
Posted 23 October 2012 - 07:45 PM
We stick to the system from the rulebook, but we place systems face down (except red systems). Resource distribution is more uneven, but there are a lot of surprises that provide an interesting development, like a wormhole next to a home system or a premium system smack in the middle of two empires.
Posted 24 October 2012 - 06:19 AM
We also do the standard setup from the book. The 'balanced' maps aren't as much fun IMO as they rob the game of taking advantage of tactical differences in the map.
If you're asking about strategies when placing the random stack of tiles that you get, that's a much more interesting subject.