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Subject: Bonus Points on cards rss

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Mark Lockett
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We can't seem to find in the rules how these bonus points on the order cards work as it doesn't seem to mention them in the English Rulebook apart from on the contents page.

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Erik R.
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When you collect items, they are worth the base value (listed on the tiles), which you will score at the end. But simply collecting tiles is not very efficient.

The base points of the items you collected + the bonus points listed on the set cards = the total point value of the set, as seen at the top of the card. It's listed on the card so you can quickly compare what card will get you a better deal in your particular situation.
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Daniel Wilmer
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Bear in mind that the bonus points are accurate only for the junk values depicted on the card.

When using he radio as a joker (vs keeping it or using it as a radio) you lose the difference in points with the piece you are replacing (eg. if using a radio for a table you would loose 5-1=4 points, or radio for TV you would lose 5-4=1 point).

This means sometimes a calculation might help decide when to use the radio as a joker. Most often this means replacing a low value junk for a high bonus point mission is fine, but not always worth it for a low scoring bonus.

Example:
Reviewing the lowest scoring mission card (Table(1)+ Chair(3)+6 = 10 points)

Using radio for table(4 lost points): Radio(5)+Chair(3)+6 = 14

Using radio for chair(2 lost points): Chair(1)+Radio(5)+6 = 12

Using radio for both(6 lost points): Radio(5)+ Radio(5)+6= 16

(Incidentally 4 of the 13 missions with 3 or less junk required lose all their bonus if all radios are used, but no mission is worth less than the junk used)

The other consideration countering when to use the joker is to score points to avoid junk at home being stolen by the thief. This threat is can often tip the scales on the calculation above and as noted will not actually 'lose' points, only reduce the bonus associated with the mission.
 
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