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After setting up the ? markers on the board, I'm left with 12 instead of the 11 mentioned in the rulebook. Is this a typo in the Avalon Hill rules?
 
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thaddeuspwhirl wrote:
After setting up the ? markers on the board, I'm left with 12 instead of the 11 mentioned in the rulebook. Is this a typo in the Avalon Hill rules?


Less a typo, and more a last minute design change.

Originally there was supposed to be a tater on the rock sw of Neutron Port, at the last minute AH decided that made the game way too random .
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So, I'm not the only one that thought they looked like spuds...
 
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rri1 wrote:
thaddeuspwhirl wrote:
After setting up the ? markers on the board, I'm left with 12 instead of the 11 mentioned in the rulebook. Is this a typo in the Avalon Hill rules?


Less a typo, and more a last minute design change.

Originally there was supposed to be a tater on the rock sw of Neutron Port, at the last minute AH decided that made the game way too random .

In the Designer's Notes and Variant article of The General Vol.26,No.1 Hamblen suggests treating it as a "?" box as a game variant.

The General wrote:
2. THE LOST "?" BOX
Treat the asteroid in the Multi-Generation Ship system as a "?" box. A "?" marker starts the game there, and is discovered in the normal way.
Comment: The extra "?" marker can lead to a lot of interesting variations because the dot is so crucial in play. During the last stages of playtesting, this was discarded because it makes the game so very unpredictable.
 
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