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Re: [Riverdale-Gaming-Conclave] Who is interested in big games?

From: Tristan h.
Sent on: Wednesday, July 27, 2011 8:41 PM
Hey Arthur,
I have read through Pax's rules and have always wanted to play so please keep me informed.
Thanks,
Tristan

--- On Wed, 7/20/11, Arthur C Adams <[address removed]> wrote:

From: Arthur C Adams <[address removed]>
Subject: Re: [Riverdale-Gaming-Conclave] Who is interested in big games?
To: [address removed]
Date: Wednesday, July 20, 2011, 2:08 PM

Well, right now, it looks like any Sunday in August is free for me. 

Does anyone else have experience with Pax Britannica? From my admittedly limited experience, it's best if the more experienced players take the bigger powers. (So, if I'm the only experienced player, I'll take Great Britain. That's not necessarily an advantage, mind you. It's one of those "with great power comes great responsibility" things.)

On Wed, Jul 20, 2011 at 8:59 AM, James <[address removed]> wrote:
Sounds interesting, certainly.  I'm willing to host if the game ends up on a Sunday.

-James

On Wed, Jul 20, 2011 at 6:58 AM, Arthur C Adams <[address removed]> wrote:
Why don't we start with something that's playable in a day (though perhaps a long one)? 

I'd suggest Pax Britannica -- it's listed as 4-7 hours, though we should probably pad that to take inexperience into account. 

It's also a relatively simple game, and a heckuva lot of fun, if you like diplomatic games.

If you're unfamiliar era, it's the great powers of pre-World War I era vying to establish their colonial empires. The game ends when tensions rise high enough that World War I breaks out. The powers are Great Britain, France, Russia, Germany (also controlling Austria-Hungary), the US, Japan and Italy. The victory conditions do take into account the fact the powers are not evenly matched, so you're not hosed from the beginning if you're playing Italy, for instance. . 

There's a rewritten version of the rules here: http://boardgamegeek.com/filepage/24545/pax-4th-ed-rules-2nd-edition-doc and another version here: http://www.oelib.com/pax/therules.html I think the latter is an HTML-ized version of the original.

Advanced Civ might also be a good choice for a one-day game, but Joe already has that on the regular meet-up calendar.

If we want to talk scheduling, my next two weekends are booked solid, I'm afraid. 




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