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David G. Cox Esq.
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In what situation would it be advantageous to swap places with the car behind you?
 
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da pyrate wrote:
In what situation would it be advantageous to swap places with the car behind you?

You don't swap with a car behind you. You swap places with a car you are behind.

The wording on the card: The active car may exchange places with any car that it is directly behind for 1 MP
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RPardoe wrote:
da pyrate wrote:
In what situation would it be advantageous to swap places with the car behind you?

You don't swap with a car behind you. You swap places with a car you are behind.

The wording on the card: The active car may exchange places with any car that it is directly behind for 1 MP


I goofed on that one.

Thanks for your help.


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da pyrate wrote:
RPardoe wrote:
da pyrate wrote:
In what situation would it be advantageous to swap places with the car behind you?

You don't swap with a car behind you. You swap places with a car you are behind.

The wording on the card: The active car may exchange places with any car that it is directly behind for 1 MP


I goofed on that one.

Thanks for your help.




Common goof. Remember that if it doesn't make sense, you should probably read it closer - most everything makes sense in this game thematically.
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Everyone I teach the game to reads this card wrong. It is indeed an awkward wording.
Should have been: "The active car may exchange places with any car directly in front of it for 1 MP."
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That probably could be worded a bit better :/
 
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I understood the card the first time I saw it. Lots of people have misread it, but apparently reading comprehension is a rare super power these days

That or the racing term "working the pack" is foreign to non race fans. (This term is also used in horse racing, not just automobile racing)

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Zeede wrote:
I understood the card the first time I saw it. Lots of people have misread it, but apparently reading comprehension is a rare super power these days

That or the racing term "working the pack" is foreign to non race fans. (This term is also used in horse racing, not just automobile racing)

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Apparently, being a super-power, Americans are well known for their powers of comprehension.



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da pyrate wrote:
Zeede wrote:
I understood the card the first time I saw it. Lots of people have misread it, but apparently reading comprehension is a rare super power these days

That or the racing term "working the pack" is foreign to non race fans. (This term is also used in horse racing, not just automobile racing)

Cameron


Apparently, being a super-power, Americans are well known for their powers of comprehension.



As noted earlier, it could have been worded better.
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Vrooman wrote:
da pyrate wrote:
Zeede wrote:
I understood the card the first time I saw it. Lots of people have misread it, but apparently reading comprehension is a rare super power these days

That or the racing term "working the pack" is foreign to non race fans. (This term is also used in horse racing, not just automobile racing)

Cameron


Apparently, being a super-power, Americans are well known for their powers of comprehension.



As noted earlier, it could have been worded better.


Meh. The wording is fine. It could have been worded differently.
 
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It is pretty 'meh'. But if it were worded differently, it would presumably be worded better. This doesn't detract from the fact that this is an addictive and excellent multi-player racing game.
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da pyrate wrote:
Apparently, being a super-power, Americans are well known for their powers of comprehension.




I dunno, all of the people I've seen misunderstand this card were Americans, but that may have something to do with my gaming group only consisting of Americans

"Four out of ten Americans misunderstood this card." - totally unscientific study.

Cameron

Edit: "The active car may exchange places with any car that is directly in front of it for 1 MP." is how I would re-word it for less confusion.
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Zeede wrote:
da pyrate wrote:
Apparently, being a super-power, Americans are well known for their powers of comprehension.




I dunno, all of the people I've seen misunderstand this card were Americans, but that may have something to do with my gaming group only consisting of Americans

"Four out of ten Americans misunderstood this card." - totally unscientific study.

Cameron

Edit: "The active car may exchange places with any car that is directly in front of it for 1 MP." is how I would re-word it for less confusion.

It's almost exactly what I proposed above. (See? We do belong on the same team...)

I think that people expect the card to read this way, and it's precisely the reason why it seems to confuse so many people. There's nothing intuitive about it, and it feels like a rather convoluted way to express such a simple concept. As a result, many first-time players either read it wrong (because of their expectations) or end up asking questions about it to make sure they're reading it right.

I would guess that if you told 10 people what Working the Pack does and then asked them to write the text for the card, nine of them would use the "in front of it" phrase. Indeed, I would be surprised to hear anyone describe the card's effect and NOT use that phrase.
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