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I want to get this game mainly as a 2 player game, but after reading the rules I'm not sure. It seems like it's best with 3 or 4 and the 2 player variant doesn't seem to work as well as the "regular" game (I didn't like the idea of each player controlling 2 colors and mixing them together).
What do you think?
 
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I had the same thought. But instead of mixing them randomly as specified in the rules if you interleave your two colors then the game plays much more fairly and is actually pretty good.
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I play this with my girlfriend all the time and it works magnificently as a 2p game. Both colors work together as opposed to singularly, so instead of thinking of it like playing two colors, you're both actually playing one color, just using two colors to do it. I love it 2p though.
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qswanger wrote:
I had the same thought. But instead of mixing them randomly as specified in the rules if you interleave your two colors then the game plays much more fairly and is actually pretty good.


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I very much enjoy and recommend playing Marrakech with two players. Play is strategic, as you can more easily anticipate where "Assam" might be located on the board on your next turn, compared to playing with 3 or 4. There is minimal time waiting between turns with just two.
 
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Sorry to resurrect an old thread, but I just aquired this game and was a little confused by the 2 player rules.

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Each player receives 30 Dirhams and 24 rugs of 2 different colours; they should be mixed together in a pile. The rugs are then laid in order from the pile.


The way I would expect this to play is something like what is stated earlier in this thread,
gentlegiantglass wrote:
Both colors work together as opposed to singularly, so instead of thinking of it like playing two colors, you're both actually playing one color, just using two colors to do it.
But if that's true, why specify that the 2 colors need to be mixed and then laid in order?

I'm guessing you want to avoid covering one of your own rugs with another (though that may be necessary sometimes).

This would mostly matter when scoring the game.
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Each half of a rug visible and each Dirham counts as a point.
I assume you count both of your colors, not just color with the most visible halves.

So, my questions are;
a) Is the way gentlegiantglass plays correct?
b) Is the part of the rule about mixing colors and playing them in that order completely unnecessary?
 
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My wife and I have now played a few 2 player games, and enjoyed them all.

We played the first time using the method described above by gentlegiantglass.

Then I had a somewhat different idea about how the 2 player rules might have been intended to work.

From the rulebook;
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Each player receives 30 Dirhams and 24 rugs of 2 different colours; they should be mixed together in a pile. The rugs are then laid in order from the pile.

What if this is really a translation from French to English problem? And what was intended by "24 rugs of 2 different colours; they should be mixed together in a pile" should have read "24 rugs of 2 different colors; which should be stacked, alternating colors (12 each), into one pile"?
This may be the same thing that Quinn & Martin are suggesting.

So instead of
gentlegiantglass wrote:
Both colors work together as opposed to singularly, so instead of thinking of it like playing two colors, you're both actually playing one color, just using two colors to do it.
Think of it as 2 players playing a "4 player teams game" with teammates sitting across from each other.
This eliminates the huge pay outs near the end of the game that can happen playing as gentlegiantglass suggests.

Again, we enjoyed the game both ways, and I'm not saying gentlegiantglass is playing it wrong. But I do like like playing the colors separately a little better.
 
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I'm curious about this, too. Wish we had official confirmation.
 
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For clarity sake, here is how I like to set up a two player game.



Player 1 is Red & Orange. Player 2 is Yellow & Blue. (you will have 3 rugs left over in all but Blue. That's why I start the lay out with Blue, because you use all those rugs).
Rugs are played in order from the "stack".
If you land on your opponent's color, You only pay for the color you landed on (not both).

I find this to be the best two player experience.
 
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