Yes, you are right (i think).
One idea that could maybe fix that, is if the ports, that the home ports have to attack to go anywhere, started with like eight, and then that would force the players to wait to the second or third round to attack, even with the auto-deploy
hope that helps
Yep that helps...good thinking, and along with the below, we're getting somewhere to sort this out.
Prob with this one, is that it fine for GH and PM, but the other ports all border each other....
For one, I think the auto-deploy — which is a good idea — should only be two and should be limited to the ships. From there, somewhere from 4-7 neutrals on the ports seem fine; 3+2+3=7 max, and in a large game 7v4-7is way too much of a gamble.
OK...will the auto-deploy arrive on the first turn?
'Coz if player 1 starts with the normal 3 armies start + 2 auto-deploy, then that kinda wipes out anything we're trying to build on the neutral status of the ports, doesn't it?
For now, i've made the ports 7 neutrals and 4 for GH and PM. See how that works. Might need tweaking, though.
For below....with coastal slaves....we need something that can attack the ships so they can be killed off in any game.
the.killing.44 wrote:The problem I see comes after that, where you say "Coastal slaves can attack ships). That's fine and all, but I suggest you keep the coastal slaves non-adjacent to the ports. From Liverpool, e.g., St. Anne's Bay to Dry Harbor, which has a slave, is only relatively good dice from eliminating any player across the board. This also takes away the problem of more neutrals on ports, as the slaves are still 3 and for Liverpool the same amount of territories but 1-3 less neutrals to beat. So, I say either/both keep the slaves away from the coast and/or make them 4 neutrals.
OK, slaves removed from Dry Harbour and that given Bumbo (between two sugar plantations).
That leads to the other point, which is the disadvantage given to London. The nearest slave is 3 territories minimum away from the Port, while all other ships only have to go through 1-2.
OK. Slaves swapped to Kingston Harbour, and Greenwich Town now has Fish.
And i thing i'm going to have to work on this coastal slaves a little more.