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Subject: Victory Points rss

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Michael Cheadle
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When you add up all the performance points are these also victory point?
 
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Tom Decker
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In the solitaire game, you earn $1 per performance point, and you do not track or score victory points. Your score is based completely on your money. So in the solitaire game, yes, performance points basically will equal victory points.

But in the 2 (or more) player games, performance points are used to track your Best Performance. At the end of each month, you will earn Victory Points based on your Best Performance. So no, generally performance points are not also victory points.
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Michael Cheadle
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Thank you Tom. Thats what I thought but wasnt really sure.
Love the game.
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Nathan Morse
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This tripped us up, too. We were most of the way through the game when it started seeming like we shouldn't be scoring so many points (≥200 by then). I think the confusion stems from the rules referring to them as "Performance Points". This would be easy to clear up, though: Just add something like the following, "You do not score Victory Points when you perform. You merely earn money, and try to outdo your Best Performance, with the hope of earning Victory Points at the end of the month."

The primary thing that tipped us off was the explanation that winning VPs are often under 50, while BP are often over 100. We were ⅔ of the way through the game, with a couple of people over 200 VP…. Also, the 1 Point tents that come out in the final season seem kind of silly if they're a tiny percentage of your scores.

Very cool, interesting game! Hiring performers with the promise of paying them, which you may or may not be able to do. Traveling to a city because you hear they want a show, hoping the rumors are still true. Just well done, sir!
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