First turn advantage

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First turn advantage

Postby goz » Sat Mar 30, 2019 9:05 am

In games where people don't play at the same time like play by mail, is there some statistics showing that the player playing first has a slightly higher win rate than the one playing last (since he starts producing earlier, will be the one to get an early wonder if 2 players have the same build orders/resources, etc) ? If so, maybe there should be some FTA counter, the idea being that for a game of 2 players, the 1st player have its first turn with half possibilities (or second player first turn with 1.5) or first city settled produce only half food/prod/trade for one turn so basically every player starts their turn slightly disadvantaged than their opponent and finish it slightly advantaged, this is a well known issue in advance wars (

For early wonders, if it isn't already the case maybe it should wait for all players to have played their turn before the game selects who gets it.

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Re: First turn advantage

Postby Cipher_F15 » Sun Mar 31, 2019 4:24 pm

Eh, I don't know, in turn based games, be it Civilizations, tabletop wargames or chess, I often fare better when having my turn after the others, so that I can see what they're doing and anticipate their actions.