That's great. Not only is it marvelous, tiny plain text (no offense to Tim's pictures intended) but it involves all players and even has an homage to pips for how far your pieces are travelling. I'm sure it could use some editing (what couldn't?) but the idea is perfect. On 1/16/07, Ryan McGuire <kerry_and_ryan@xxxxxxx> wrote:
As long as we're on the subject of Martian Coasters setup, here are my two-, three-, four- or five-player instructions. Rather than building the trees AND THEN placing them, you can just build them in place. 1. Sit down. There are a few options: a. Sit closest to your own color coaster. The player of the color in the middle of a five-player layout picks a random place between two other players. ("Closest Seating") b. Sit down randomly. ("Random Seating") c. To come out with the exact same results as Timothy's method for a five-player game... Suppose the coasters are labelled S,W,N,E clockwise around the outside with C in the center, and have the players sit in the order S-W-E-N-C around the table. ("Swenc Seating") 2. Everybody, start with a nest of his or her color. 3. Everybody, pick up your large. 4. Look at the pyramid being held by the person THREE to your right that isn't you. 5. Put your large in the middle of that coaster. 6. Everybody, pick up your medium. 7. Look at the pyramid being held by the person TWO to your right that isn't you. 8. Put your medium in the middle of that coaster. 9. Everybody, pick up your small. 10. Look at the pyramid being held by the person immediately to your right. 11. Put your small in the middle of that coaster. Done. Eleven steps, including seating. All players work at the setup simultaneously, instead of having just one person do all the work. No pictures needed. Any thoughts? Are the instruction clear? Are they easy to remember?
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