I also post this thread on BGG:
I will be hosting a game of Twilight Imperium 3 in about a month.
There will be 4 players. Everyone is new in the world of Mecatol Rex. Nobody has played the game before. So we are total newbies.
I own TI3 + the 2 expansions.
My idea is to make our first game interesting and also short the game length. We are all gamers (we play currently Runewars in epic mode).
I had the idea to include some variants (but not too much because our first game) :
-Preset Map FFG for 4 players
-Custodian of Mecatol Rex
-PO from SE
-Tech from SE
-Racial Tech from SE
-Political and action cards from SE
But I'm wondering about some other things to choose:
1. Which set of SC?
I heard about the Age of Empire option (that should be cool for us and to plan strategies for the objectives) so with that option I heard about the Set II (Initiative-DiploII-Politic-Logistic-TradeII-WarfareII-TechnoII-ImperialII) is it a good one?
Or the Shattered Empire strategy cards (Leadership…Bureaucracy) without AoE? I heard it's the best set but I can't play with AoE…
I'm wondering which one may I use to have the best experience possible…Because if the other players doesn't like the game, it will be hard to give him a second try because of the length of the game.
2.Some Shards of the throne options?
Can I throw in the Flagships without the racial tech and the tech from SotT?
Can I throw in the Political and action cards from SotT with only the flagship option in our first game?
I don't want to go with the technologies from SotT because it will make the tech tree very heavy…perhaps is it to much choice for a first game or am I wrong?
Thank you for your answers,