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For home cons keep the straight white male population at or lower than 50%. I am being serious here.
Yeah. Our Empire of the Petal Throne games as like this. Ideally you will have a multi-sided game. The Morgard game does this really well. The main thing to remember here it’s not the Ref’s job to remember everyone’s goals. Just to keep things moving and play unaligned factions hard.
“Is there a good method to keep things moving quickly that goes outside of more common initiative sequences you see in commercial games designed for two players/sides?”Don't use I GO YOU GO. Written orders or total freeform if better here. It's part of the design for fog of war. IGYG and hexes tend to convey perfect information. And we want to reduce that.
An important phrase for this kind of play is "Oh hey I hear you are breaking orders and violating the chain of command. Did -insert PC's name and rank- get this far by doing that?"