Does anyone play this game?

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sitta pusilla
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Does anyone play this game?

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Because I would really like to try it!

I saw Photosynthesis in a store over the holidays and thought it looked cool. I didn't buy it then, but I wish I had because then maybe I'd get a chance to play the game!

I'm new to Boardgame Arena, and have never played Photosynthesis before. But I played through the tutorial twice, and was excited to try a game.
...but nobody is ever online playing it.
I can find someone to play Wingspan or Catan at literally any time of day. But Ive tried for 2 evenings now, and have still not been able to play Photosynthesis once!

What gives? Are all the Photosynthesis players only awake when I'm sleeping?
sitta pusilla
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Re: Does anyone play this game?

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Update: Since I posted this, I've been able to play 3 Real-Time games! One person said they were inspired to play based on this post, lol. Thanks everyone! The game is as fun as I thought! Happy to see more activity in the Real-Time mode so I can get more games in.
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Cos-
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Re: Does anyone play this game?

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[BGA lost my forum post after I clicked submit, so I'm writing more or less the same thing again. If a duplicate shows up later, that's why. But I think it's just gone.]

I play photosynthesis a lot, but I ONLY play turn based games, not real time. Sometimes I play a real time game with friends, but for games with strangers, only turn based. Have you tried turn based games?

The idea is that you start or join a bunch of tables at the same time, then check the site a few times a day (or once a day depending on the pace of turn based game you chose) and make your moves in all the games where it's your turn. I like it much better because I'm not committed to sitting at the computer, doing nothing else, for an hour or longer; I can step away whenever I want, and come back later, because my timer has many hours on it in every game.

For games that fewer people on BGA play, like Photosynthesis, this is also much better because you don't have to depend on people being online at the same time as you are. Start several tables at 2pm, come back at 6pm, and chances are people have joined those tables and it's your move now. I've never had trouble finding players for Photosynthesis for turn based games within a day, so I can always have a lot of tables going and start a couple of new ones when previous games finish.
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Zero_1627
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Re: Does anyone play this game?

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It's not terribly popular game, but not obscure either - people do play it all right :) .

I have no idea how big is the pool for realtime players, as I only play it turn-based. And real-time requires short search time, really - there may be not enough players for this.
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