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15 Feb 2020 00:05 #307157 by oliverkinne
Yes, this is the re-implementation of the original Dune...

Our heighliner was positioned safely in Arrakis' orbit. With a steady stream of Spice filling our coffers gradually, we had to be patient and observe from afar the goings-on down on the planet itself. It was clear that House Atreides was pivotal in the unfolding events and our scheme had to remain hidden until the right moment was reached. The cogs were set in motion and doubts had been planted in the Emperor's mind that would lead to their unavoidable conclusion. The Spice needs to flow on Dune by Gale Force Nine.

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16 Feb 2020 08:08 #307158 by rjvonline
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Yes the cardboard counters are small and somewhat tricky to handle, but no there cannot be 3 or 4 factions in the same region. At most 2 (not including BG advisers) on opposing sides (allied sides can never be in the same region).

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16 Feb 2020 10:00 #307159 by JoelCFC25
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This is not correct. Strongholds (the ones you have to control for the primary victory condition) are limited to 2 factions, yes--but all other sand/rock territories could in fact be occupied by several factions. In this case, battles ensue until there is only 1 faction (or 2 allied factions) left, with the role of aggressor rotating among the players, starting with the first player in dot order.
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20 Feb 2020 22:14 #307324 by rjvonline
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Thanks. I guess our plays unconsciously extended the stronghold rules to other regions. I can’t remember there being ever more than 2 factions in any region. Oh well.

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21 Feb 2020 05:37 #307332 by oliverkinne
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Yes, the faction limit confused us too at the beginning. However, like @JoelCFC25 points out, the 2 faction limit only applies to strongholds. Everywhere else can be more than 2, except allies, which does add another interesting level of strategy to the game.

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21 Feb 2020 10:30 #307338 by JoelCFC25
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rjvonline wrote: I can’t remember there being ever more than 2 factions in any region.

Right, it should be pretty rare...a spice blow is more likely to be negotiated over than fought out, because battle losses are so crippling to recover from and most spice blows aren't that lucrative.

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29 Feb 2020 11:02 #307578 by oliverkinne
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Thank you @JoelCFC25. In our plays we never did much negotiating, but it does make sense to do that more, than battle over everything. I'll bear that in mind the next time we play.

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