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Reuben
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Is it just me or does this feel like a quicker/simpler Lords of Waterdeep?

You collect various resources and then cash them in for ships/missions (a choice of 4). Yes there's a spatial element instead of basic worker-placement but you still get that nice feeling collecting the 'bits' and cashing them in for points.

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Oops, forgot to add my variant idea: most of the Lords of Waterdeep missions require a lot more resources to achieve. What if you were forced to get two ships at a time instead of one? You could not cash-in a single ship with resources but must take two.

Or optionally: you can cash-in a single ship as normal but you can also cash in multiple ships at a time if you wish. The bonus being that for each ship you cash-in, you get to keep one of those resources; it's a discount for keeping so many captains happy! This would encourage a longer-term view of points.

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Mark Nicosia
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I like the idea of the last part there, but don't think the reward is high enough.

There are only a handful of boats that are clearly better than the others (the ones that give you more points than resources spent) so I doubt it would be wise to hold off buying one of those when it comes up with the hope of collecting 2 at once. Someone will almost definitely scoop the good ship up before it gets back to you.

Also, this would change the end game a bit... because you can buy 2 at once there's much less danger of waiting too long to convert resources to ships.

So I guess the variant just rewards the hording of resources slightly, but I don't see it really changing the game very much if at all. I like the base idea, though... maybe some tweaking would make it click.
 
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I only just received the game in the post and haven't even played it yet so it was just a thought! Perhaps if for each bonus ship you could receive a coin which is worth an extra victory point at the end of the game? I'm going to get some plays in tomorrow so will get a feel for it then!
 
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