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Subject: Coconut in own cup. rss

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R.J.
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I am playing against my 3 year old, and this situation came up.

What do you do if a coconut lands in your own cup?

Leave it there? If so, it may matter when the game is over and we count up coconuts?

I would say remove it but the Rulebook says nothing.

Any thoughts?
 
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Jason Rupp
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This happened to us twice yesterday. We just kept them in the cups. Seemed to work well.
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Daniel Peterson

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Leave the coconut in your own cup.
It is a way to end the game faster. If a player does not build a pyramid, the winner is the player who has the most Coconuts in the cups on their play mat.
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Brad McKenzie
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We laugh a little at the interesting shot and leave it in the cup. As you score them in the end if a pyramid isn't built, it could be an interesting end-game strategy for securing a coconut win....
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R.J.
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Sounds like that is the consensus!

Will leave it in!
 
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Michael Little
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Hi.We play that you cannot put coconuts into your own cups. Why? Some clever kids decided to only shoot coconuts into one of their cups and thus try to win by having the most coconuts at the end. The game really devolved once this tactic came into play: get one cup and just load coconuts into and hope to win the game that way. This ruling solved that problem and all players were once again trying to build the pyramid or stopping others from doing so.
 
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M Little wrote:
Hi.We play that you cannot put coconuts into your own cups. Why? Some clever kids decided to only shoot coconuts into one of their cups and thus try to win by having the most coconuts at the end. The game really devolved once this tactic came into play: get one cup and just load coconuts into and hope to win the game that way. This ruling solved that problem and all players were once again trying to build the pyramid or stopping others from doing so.


But if someone does that, they just make that cup a target for the other players. They'd just steal that cup in my group....

I'm not sure you need a rule to disallow this... it's a poor strategy if the players go after that cup like they should.
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Michael Little
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Hi. We disallowed it because it became, for the most part, a game of solo coconuts, with players--middle schoolers--only playing into their own cup, quite easily and quickly running down the supply of coconuts, just to see who could get the most in before the supply ran out. It became the only objective of the game. Not much fun after the novelty wears off. Yes, the cup can be stolen, but for the most part the race to end the supply by filling their own cups was a less risky strategy, knowing that their own cup was a closer shot.
 
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M Little wrote:
Hi. We disallowed it because it became, for the most part, a game of solo coconuts, with players--middle schoolers--only playing into their own cup, quite easily and quickly running down the supply of coconuts, just to see who could get the most in before the supply ran out. It became the only objective of the game. Not much fun after the novelty wears off. Yes, the cup can be stolen, but for the most part the race to end the supply by filling their own cups was a less risky strategy, knowing that their own cup was a closer shot.


I think I would play another game if they fell that quickly to a boring alternative. It is certainly not the most effective winning strategy and someone who worked to get those cups would soon win. I would focus on recommended that before nuking the whole spirit of the game.
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