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Lev Matiushenko
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For example, if there are only oil and nuclear plants on the current market, but the cheapest resourse on resourse market is coal, will robot ignore the auction until coal plant appears or it will choose between oil and uranium?
 
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One argument for it meaning the cheapest resource among the available plants (instead of the cheapest resource of all 4 resources) is this:

In the first turn, every player must buy a plant. If the robot goes later in the turn and all available coal plants were bought and all available new replacement plants now are not coal, then the alternate interpretation would cause the robot to (illegally) not buy a plant.
 
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You're saying that robot will ignore auction entirely only if:

1) it has >=2 plants capacity;
2) capacity of plants on current market is lower than the lowest of the robot's;
3) nominal value of plants on current market is lower than the lowest of the robot's;

otherwise the robot will bid according to tile rule, am I right?
 
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Univanger wrote:
You're saying that robot will ignore auction entirely only if:

1) it has >=2 plants capacity;
2) capacity of plants on current market is lower than the lowest of the robot's;
3) nominal value of plants on current market is lower than the lowest of the robot's;

otherwise the robot will bid according to tile rule, am I right?


I'm saying that the interpretation "robot ignores the auction until coal plant appears" seems less likely to me because it could cause a robot to illegally not put a plant up for auction in the first turn of the game. (In the first game turn, everyone must buy a plant.)

(Admittedly such situations maybe unlikely, but nonetheless possible.)

So I think "it will choose between oil and uranium" in case there is no coal plant up for auction, even if coal is cheaper than the other resources.
 
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So, first round is an exception or pattern for further robot behavior during further auctions?
I can't understand are you expressing your opinion on that matter or setting a rule?
 
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(Sorry for the slow reply; I was away from BGG due to travel.)

Univanger wrote:
So, first round is an exception or pattern for further robot behavior during further auctions?
I can't understand are you expressing your opinion on that matter or setting a rule?


I'm expressing my opinion about which interpretation seems more likely to me to be the intended interpretation.

The interpretation which could oblige a robot to break the base game rule requiring everyone to buy a plant in the first round seems less likely to me. I suppose it was not intended to create that kind of rule paradox.
 
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The robot rules are vague. I have always taken this to be a way a rating the four plants. You look at the cost to fuel each plant. A wind plant is always zero. If coal costs 3 and oil costs 4, two oil is less than three coal.
 
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