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Geoff Speare
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tee hee, that tickles!!!
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This is a scoring visual aid idea thought up by

Joe J. Rushanan
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In our neck of the woods, some new players have difficulty with railroad scoring. Because the track markers are only on certain spaces, it’s not clear (to these people) how each space should score. The player aid card visualizes railroad scoring by putting a virtual track on the spaces behind each track marker.



To make scoring easier to understand, use wooden cubes to put actual track markers behind the railhead marker, like so:



With those bits, it’s easy to see that each space scores based on its color.

To take a more involved example:



Trans Siberian scores: 7 + 7 + 4 + 2 + 2 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 = 26
St. Petersburg scores: 1 + 1 = 2
Kiev scores: 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 = 5 (+30 for additional bonuses of course)

As an added bonus, this should make it easier to see how other people’s tracks are progressing.


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Klaus Knechtskern
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It is interesting as the very early prototype had the cubes for each piece of track. However we grew tiresome of the constant removing and placing of the cubes
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Curt Carpenter
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I think a method like this great... for teaching. But one you "get it", you don't really need the cubes.
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curtc wrote:
I think a method like this great... for teaching. But one you "get it", you don't really need the cubes.


Agreed.
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Danny Wu
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It's not needed. If you are a beginner, have an experience player score your board for the first couple of rounds and have them explain where the points are coming from. After that, the newbie should understand it.
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Neil Christiansen
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Geoff never said it was needed. Like all component upgrades that do not change game play, it is purely optional if you want to.
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Joe J. Rushanan
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curtc wrote:
I think a method like this great... for teaching. But one you "get it", you don't really need the cubes.


Yes, that was our motivation. I have taught several times where I thought it was clear that the someone understood, only to discover them still not getting it several rounds in and occasionally making sub-optimal decisions as a result. That latter reason is why I do not think that it is enough to score their tracks for them.



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jjrbedford wrote:
curtc wrote:
I think a method like this great... for teaching. But one you "get it", you don't really need the cubes.


Yes, that was our motivation. I have taught several times where I thought it was clear that the someone understood, only to discover them still not getting it several rounds in and occasionally making sub-optimal decisions as a result. That latter reason is why I do not think that it is enough to score their tracks for them.





This. Scoring isn't all that intuitive but you really need to understand it before you begin playing and are starting to plan strategies.
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