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Subject: Minor Market Card Adjustment rss

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Byron Gehrig
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Instead of just drawing a market card for each player, have each player draw 2 market cards, look at them, and place one back on the bottom of the market pile. The remaining card is placed in the center of the board. Once all players have chosen one of their cards, shuffle them, and proceed with the market phase as normal.

This variant gives experienced players the ability to bury market cards that they can't afford, or don't want the other players to get a hold of. It also lets players bury starting gladiators and starting slave cards later in the game. Just a small tweak.
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Honestly, I do not see the point.

If you cannot afford a good gladiator it is your fault. Save more money, or ake others spend more of their money on previous bids. Also, the point of having starting cards in the market deck is on purpose: that way when a good gladiator comes around you do not know whether or not save to get a cheaper one that comes after...There must be bad cards so that the good gladiators are really rare.

Also, this would make another problem: players know what cards are coming from the market (since each player has had a free peak). Knowing what is coming is a great information: should you bid a lot now? or should you save on an unknown upcoming card? If a 10 hp gladiator is being auctioned...should you be content with him and buy it? or wait until a 12hp one comes?

Knowing the market in advance is A LOT. In fact, this is the special power of a single slave in the whole game. But if you give that for free...you are making him way less powerful.
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