It was a rainy Saturday afternoon and the rain continued into the evening. We started playing around 6pm and the game wrapped up around 2am. We had three experienced players which is really the only way to play 3 player. If you have a newbie in the game chances are that in a 3 player game the newbie will manipulated into attacking one of the other players or they will be beaten out of the game by those experienced.
The game was set and the universe was ready to be built out onto our game table. Rather than a full hex with Twilight Imperium being setup for 3 players you end up with a triangle shape. After drawing our races building the board and seeding the worlds we had what you see here.
The race I was lucky enough to choose was The Universities of Jol-Nar which is a very advanced race with lots of technology. Their disadvantage is that they incur combat deductions.
Q chose the Yssaril Tribes which we like to call the frogs because yes, they look like frogs. Their biggest advantage is the ability to skip their turn. If done correctly they can continue to skip their turns here and there allowing them to see what everyone else does before they react.
F chose The Winnu which are also a high tech race but not as advanced as the Jol-Nar. Their advantage is high tech and no combat deductions. Their planets are also imune to the Local Unrest card if they have only one troop on the planet.
Each race is set up differently with different amounts and types of troops as you can see from the board above. Below I have images of each race card as it was set up at the beginning of play. Note the designated beverage locations. These will keep your cards from getting wet… When a standard coaster isn’t enough.
My review of a 3 player game is that you must have experienced players if you want to have fun. You should start the night by stating no alliances. Everyone should just attack whoever is the largest threat to themselves or the board as a whole. Three player games are much easier to finish than when using more players so if you want a quick game of twilight this is your best bet.
The bummer is that there aren’t many players that you can throw to the wolves so that they stay off of your scent. Politics are also dull with a three player game and some of the objectives make it too easy or too hard to win. But, as usually any game of Twilight is a great game. Especially if you have lots and lots of dice.