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This vid was made in response to this poll: http://boardgamegeek.com/thread/784361/poll-my-next-game-vidCORRECTIONS & OMISSIONS
A few mistakes were made filming, and are annotated in the vid. Also, a few further clarifications (these will make more sense if you read them when my video annotations refer to them).
FASHION SHOW SCORING: During setup, the first 3 fashion shows (March, June, September) are laid out randomly. When fashion shows come about, the categories judged are determined by the month.
In March, all 4 categories are judged (4 total)
In June, the first 3 categories of each card are judged (6 total)
In September, the first 2 categories of each card are judged (6 total)
In December, only the first category of each card is judged (4 total)
SALES REP CARDS: There's a major
translation error in the English rule book, which made me play these cards (Contract and Employee) incorrectly in the vid (making them very overpowered). For both of these cards, you can only do "worker free" fabric purchases from spot #6 on the board. You cannot buy from spot #7 (as was done in the vid, twice) or spot #8 using them. So, in the video example, Jen would have had a MUCH harder time getting the fabric she needed for the first show, having to devote two worker placements to collect the four cubes. This would have been a gamechanger, making my strategy of matching Vintage line cube colours (green) a key to winning!
Can't wait for a full FAQ to be released to clear up the niggling poor translation problems like these!
CARD UPGRADES: Each turn, you can only upgrade one building and/or one employee. Upgrading increases the power of the card, but also it's monthly cost. Upgrades can only happen after the action phase, but before the maintenance phase. Contracts cannot be upgraded, but they can be renewed by an negotiator, which means they stick around for one more season, but their power is reduced.
FASHION SHOW TIES: in the case of a tie, the players each earn the reward of the lower rank (i.e. if 2 people tie for first, they both gets the 2nd place reward - if 3 people tie for first, they each get the 3rd place reward, etc.)