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#1 Tim Kelly

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Posted 17 March 2009 - 04:37 PM


Got to play this again this week at the "regular" session of the Dallas Games group.
As the title says, we had the same 4 players.

Play time: 2.5 hours! Of course, this was because we needed no rules explanation. 3 of us now own the game, and the 4th has a darn good memory.  I believe it may have gone for 3 hours had one player not crowned Conan after the first adventure of the 3rd age.

Rules: One player was unclear on the point that ONE army could remove multiple "raider tokens". Since he won the game by 3 points, we were disinclined to listen to his whining.

What was different this time?
The player who crowned Conan did NOT win this time, but it did boost his score from 4th place to 3rd. In the after-game discussion, we all decided he went for the "crown" too soon, and really needed at least one more "adventure" to have enough time to conquer at least one more territory. I know I wanted one more attack! I finished 3 points behind the winner, and had 5 armies (and a metric ton of kingdom and strategy cards) poised to attack his defenseless 4 point province!

Even though we were much more familiar with the "dice choices", I had more fun, and felt more pressure, with each selection I made tonight. The familiarity with the choices made it easier to see long-range repercussions of decisions, and this made the game more intense.

In the first game, we all upgraded forts to cities with no exceptions. In this game, we passed on this in the first round, simply because we wanted those extra armies for military actions. This was a more aggressive game!

The different display of the "Objective cards" had an interesting effect on opening strategy. In short, the rules were familiar, but the options and goals seemed different. Very enjoyable!
 

To sum up again: it just keeps getting better!
TK


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#2 Tsugo

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Posted 18 March 2009 - 03:58 AM

Good to hear.  I'm really champing at the bit to try this.  Hopefully this weekend I'll be able to get it on the table. 



#3 Tsugo

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Posted 30 March 2009 - 07:14 AM

We finally were able to get our first game in.  Even though it was rife with mistakes, we had a blast.  It wasn't until the second age that Conan really began to shine.  During the first age, he was mainly just moving to uncontested areas, with the Kindom controlling him collecting adventure tokens.  However, during the second age, Conan's might was the difference between nations winning and falling.

It was also during the second age that we all "got it".  The last two ages moved along fairly quickly, but the entire game ran over 5 hours.  We are already planning to play this one again.  We're hoping that we can get the play time down to around 3 hours.



#4 Tim Kelly

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Posted 30 March 2009 - 12:32 PM

Got in 4 (count  'em) FOUR games at the "Dallas Games Marathon" this weekend.  2 3-player games ranging from 90 minutes to 2 hours, and 2 4-player games ranging from 2.5 - 3.5 hours.  Play time definitely decreases with experience.  The two "longer" games were with new players; the shorter ones with folks who had played at least one game previously.

TK


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