Good News!!! Last night I played the first ever "real life" "alpha" test of the board. I'm am very pleased with how it played. We actually didn't finish the game as it was 2 o clock and probably around round 10 or 11, and there was no clear winner yet (though the end was near since there were only 2 players left). It played well and seemed surprisingly open for how you could move around and choose where you wanted to attack. It was a 4 player game (3-5 players is the suggested size for this map) Flat rate, unlimited.
First I'll put down my friends advice then I'll put down mine/what I agree or disagree with.
($nakeface, Jholter, HistoryHaggis)
Cornwall should be +2
Brittany should be worth +3
Add a territory to Cornwall
Add a territory to Scotland and raise it to +4
Remove the -1 on Celtic sea
A small change in Sea routes that cover below.
I also agree that Cornwall should be +2. Even as 2 territories it seems like it is worth to because it is at the epicenter of conflict. The idea behind adding a territory isn't as much to make it worth more but to make it more contested at the early part of the game. See the problem with starting one territory as neutral is that it still is essentially "given" to one player as only one player is dropped on the bonus at all. If we don't end up adding a territory we should remove the neutral.
I don't really think Brittany should be worth +3. Maybe the way it is now, but the change in sea connections I'll make on the next update involves removing the southern connection to Morbihan so that you only have to defend 2 territories. So I still think it feels like a +2. Basically its options are, defend 3 for +3 or defend 2 for +2.
I also remain unconvinced about adding a territory to Scotland and raising it to +4. I feel like that would make it too powerful, but if someone came up with the right argument I could see myself being convinced.
I do agree with removing the -1 on the Celtic sea. That was a big pain in the ass and no one ever wanted to go through that territory sans one or 2 occasions. It didn't really seem to add anything but annoyance... although it might serve a purpose with the change in sea connections...
The change in sea connections is simple moving the connection Lugo - Finistere to Lugo - Celtic Sea, and Asturias - Morbihan to Asturias - Finistere. The reason for this is to keep Galicia as a region where you must defend 3 territories, while removing a border with Brittany which was a little hard to defend for +2
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