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General Brass Discussion

Favourite number of players

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Posted by Hammerite This user is an administrator. 2009-02-22 23:57:27 GMT

There are lots of 3-player and lots of 4-player games that go on on the site, and the occasional 2-player game. I have to say that I quite enjoy the 3-player games. I enjoy the 4-player games too, but I tend to feel that much more involved in the 3-player games, and it leads me to prefer them.

The thing is, users of this site use it primarily as a play-by-email kind of site (though I think there are occasional near-realtime games taking place); this means that you might be waiting a while between turns in a four-player game. In a three-player game there are fewer people to move between your turns, and I think this brings benefits to the speed of the game.

I've only played 3-player Brass once "in real life" and I noticed then too that I liked it very slightly more than 4-player. I think the nature of internet play skews my preference further towards 3-player games.

(If you think about it, between your turns in a four-player game there could be up to 6 player turns taking place. Between your turns in a three-player game there are up to 4. Although you get more turns, it's no wonder the game feels like it moves faster.)

Posted by Henkka 2009-02-23 10:02:09 GMT

I enjoy 4 player games way more. 3 player games tend to be too friendly and the time pressure (you have 10 turns per era) isn't as great. I don't really care that much about the "down time" for play by email games.. :)

Posted by Tub This user is a translator. 2009-02-27 13:07:10 GMT

Like Henkka, I do like 4-player games quite more than 3-player games for the same reasons.

I love to be under pressure gameplay-wise, and there is too much space on the board and too much turns to play in a 3-player game. There is also obviously less interaction (less players).

Posted by Golux13 2009-02-27 22:28:23 GMT

I'm much more used to 3P than 4P games because my regular gaming group has a core of three players who can almost always be counted on for a game night, and a more nebulous assortment of other players who are less consistent. (I.e., they have far more interesting lives than the core three.) As a result, I have a much better feel for the 3P game; I understand its flows and timing better. I'm about to get drubbed in my first 4P here, which I hope will enable me to do better next time.

Posted by jazzdream 2009-03-12 16:45:28 GMT

We'll I'm playing my first games here... So far so good, except I cannot stop myself from coming and checking whether it's my turn or not to play... Talk about productivity.


Posted by jazzdream 2009-03-12 16:47:15 GMT

...And to keep in the subject: I'm a 4P gamer. I think decisions taking is more important this way...


Posted by spitball 2009-06-05 14:42:43 GMT

having never played 2-player ( henkka-style ) until here, i've found i prefer head's up most of all. i find it chess-like in that i have to consider my opponents move/plans turns in advance, and plan my turns accordingly.

between 3 and 4-player, i prefer three. i find that i am less liable to be hamstrung by a weak run of cards in the three-player. also, another chess analogy, move order seems less important in the three player. in the four-player, if there is a player in the game continually making weak choices ( hanging one piece after another - say ) there can be a game-tilting advantage to playing your turns immediately following.

Posted by Aeek 2009-06-07 05:08:18 GMT

4 for me, and 2P just seems wrong, wasn't published that way.

Posted by Caradog 2009-06-07 09:36:37 GMT

I prefer four player because it feels 'tighter'. Was pleasantly surprised to find how well the two player variant plays out.

I don't necessarily agree with spitball's point about turn order as Brass seems rather fluid - you won't find players continually making moves in the same order or limiting their play to particular parts of the board.

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