Played on a regular map, but country's units start in a different country. Devised by Rick Westerman and Josh Smith. Played on main site (Game 49984). Devised by Rick Westerman and Josh Smith. 3-way draw between jkid (England), Pedros (Germany) and asudevil (Russia) Enjoyment Rating: :D :D :D :D :)


Postby Pedros » 22 Dec 2012, 07:09

It's a variant, even though it was run on main site, so I issued the Star Ratings questionnaire.

Games included: 1
Respondents: 4

A. How enjoyable was the variant as a player? (If you were set upon by three other powers and eliminated quickly it doesn't necessarily mean that you think the variant is rubbish!!)

5: I love it and will play any chance I can 1
4: Good game - would like to play again 3
3: OK - Would be happy to play again 0
2: A bit weak (boring/not enough to think about etc) 0
1: Poor. Would definitely not play it next time! 0
Average: 4.3 :D :D :D :D :)

B. Was the game reasonably balanced (not necessarily does everybody start out equal, but how likely is it to win from every position, for example, or did everybody have a reasonable opportunity to impact on the game)? Think of Regular Dip as around 3
5: Very balanced - good opportunities all round 1
4: Reasonably balanced 0
3: Average - some countries a bit weaker, some a bit stronger 2
2: It was clear from the beginning who would be the dominant powers in the variant 1
1: Unbalanced - some powers doomed from the outset 0
Average: 3.3 = = = -

C. How dynamic is the game? Are there plenty of opportunities for movement/change of alliances/sudden thrusts throughout the game? Or is the pattern, for some powers at least, restricted for at least some of the powers? (Regular has a number of blocking points apart from the main stalemate line and I would put it at 2-3)
5: Very fluid - lots of movement and opportunities right to the end 1
4: Plenty of chances but it can get stuck at times 2
3: OK - some opportunities to make choices about options but they're a bit limited 1
2: Choices are limited and the game can get bogged down. 0
1: Pretty static really! 0
Average: 4.0 :arrow: :arrow: :arrow: :arrow:

D. How complicated is the game? (This may be the complexity of the map or of the rules, or both. We've put Regular Dip at 2 out of 5 for this one; variants scoring 5 probably have a complicated map and particularly complicated rules!)[/color]
5: Mind-bendingly complicated; you'll need to work really hard at this one! 0
4: Very complicated map or rules, or both of them quite complicated 0
3: Complicated - more to think about than Regular - some extra rules (not just Build Anywhere etc) 1
2: Not especially complicated (think ~ Regular) 3
1: Simple game - small map, no tricky rules.
[color=#BF0040]Average: 2.3
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