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Subject: Royal Encyclopedia indipendent from Golem Project? rss

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Frank Schleicher
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Hi. Just bought the new expansion in Essen. I wounder why the rulebook states, that the Golem Project (module 4) can only be used in combination with the Royal Encyclopedia (module 3).

I don't undertstand why. Altgough I haven't played yet, I can't find a reason the two modules should not work "stand alone".

Any experiences on that?

Thanks
 
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Carl Bussema
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To be clear, you can use the Royal Encyclopedia without the Golem, but if you use the Golem, you must use the RE.

I don't know why. Somebody asked during the sneak preview and there was no answer then either.

It does give a way to use approval tokens other than the new spot on the Golem board, which may be uninteresting late game.
 
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Robert Stewart
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Fichter123 wrote:
Hi. Just bought the new expansion in Essen. I wounder why the rulebook states, that the Golem Project (module 4) can only be used in combination with the Royal Encyclopedia (module 3).

I don't undertstand why. Altgough I haven't played yet, I can't find a reason the two modules should not work "stand alone".

Any experiences on that?

Thanks


The only obvious interaction is with spending Approval to publish in the Royal Encyclopedia.

It may turn out that without that additional sink, it's not worth investing actions in the Golem, but that's just speculation.
 
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Frank Schleicher
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Yes, for me it seems also that the only link is that you can use these approval tokens to publish in the RE. So, in fact, if you dont use the RE the Golem still works, it may only be that the approval tokens may be less usefull.

Thanks for these quick replies.
 
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Steve Dupree
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Fichter123 wrote:
Yes, for me it seems also that the only link is that you can use these approval tokens to publish in the RE. So, in fact, if you dont use the RE the Golem still works, it may only be that the approval tokens may be less usefull.


The tokens seem to be roughly equivalent to a gold. So you could just add a rule that you can always spend an approval in place of a gold and you should be good to go.
 
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There's a shape called "The Golden Rectangle". Have you heard of it?
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It refers to a rectangle that's approximately contstructed in the ratio of 9 to 16. The golden rectangle has several characteristics. Let's say I create a square within this shape. Then, this smaller rectangle that I just created will also be a
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It would also be more difficult to satisfy both conferences without the additional place to publish.
 
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Philip Morton
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golden_cow2 wrote:
It would also be more difficult to satisfy both conferences without the additional place to publish.

It's not an additional place to publish, is it? It's just a change to the cost to publish if you're hitting the encyclopedia board, I thought...
 
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Carl Bussema
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What the above poster meant, is that if you were to use Golem without Royal Encyclopedia, you would have fewer places to publish and then have difficulty meeting the conference requirements.
 
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