At the end of my post on a playtest of the in development game Streets of Commonville was I'd like to try the game with less players. Last night that wish came true after our planned attempt at the month of March in Pandemic Legacy had to be rescheduled due to illness of a team member.
So last night Jonathan and myself patrolled the mean streets of Commonville, bringing justice and fitting up an innocent suspect for crimes they never did.
At Jonathan's request I filmed the game so that the play through could be later analysed by himself and his co-designer.
Since the play through last week there had been some “minor” changes to the rules and pieces.
I will say during our play through the dice really did hate Jonathan and me.
One of the most obvious changes is that Jonathan now had these fun little donut tokens to replace the printed cardboard ones.
The character boards were changed so that at the higher rankings you had a choice to make between having an extra dice or donut. The action tracking was now controlled by the roll of the “time” dice. I did like these two changes.
Technically the game won last night because we failed to arrest a suspect within the allowed time limit of the game. However we kept playing to see how much longer it would take us to complete the game (bottom left of the photo above, we used dice to track the extra game time).
I did feel that the game board was too large to explore for two players, and that maybe there needs to be a mid point board configuration between the full setup and the solo setup for two players.
Between the two sessions I had thought that the street tiles could be smaller, which Jonathan had already got in the works. Great minds and all that.
Surprisingly it took Jonathan and I approx 90 mins to finish the game. Although as I explained earlier we played until we completed the game. If we had kept to the rules and the game winning, I the game would have lasted about an hour (naturally that will be confirmed once the designers have reviewed the tape).
Although Jonathan had replaced the character tracking token, I thought to stay thematic the tracking token could be a wooden token in the shape of a cop (similar to the security guard wooden token in Burgle Bros. see photo below)
I think this would work thematically. The cop car riding round the streets of Commonville, and the cop figure for the character tracking.
At the end of the game Jonathan and I had a brief discussion about an ability that could be added for a character. It will be interesting to see if he runs with that one.
There will be another play through later in the week with three or four players, looking forward to that.