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Subject: View beginner and advanced Corporations before choosing rss

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Stephen Michael Hickey
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I would always like to choose between the Beginner Corporation and two of the advanced Corporations at the start of the game. The standard rules force players to choose one or the other.

You can still advise first time players to choose the Beginner Corp. but there may be times when having those 10 cards for free is the better option.

Maybe that is the point. The Beginner Corporation is designed to give an advantage to new players.
 
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Örjan Almén
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Yes, that's right. the main issue on why you should select beginner corporation before looking at the cards is that you otherwise get a great way to pick all 10 cards for free if you got a better hand than average, instead of paying for it.
 
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Jonathan Fryxelius
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The Beginner Corporation mainly fills twwo purposes;
1. It lets new players skip the strategic choice of which cards to keep from their starting hand. This lowers the learning curve, and protects them from making bad choices early on.
2. It gives new players a flying start with a lot of cards and a lot of money, to be able to compete against skilled players with regular corporations.

Also, because they have no ongoing effect, they are easier to keep track of. However, they are also more random, because what cards you get is random. With other corporations, this evens out, because if you don't want the cards, you keep money instead.

Experienced players should NOT play Beginner Corporations. Mostly because they are more random. An experienced player should depend on his own skills more than the starting hand. Also, when you know the game, the regular corporations are simply much more fun.
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