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Eric Faris
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We have played this 2 times and people are still confused about the distance cards.

Does anyone have an easy way to explain this to newbies? It's obvious I am doing something wrong?

 
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brian
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It's been a while since i have played, and even longer since I have introduced to to newbies. So in my explanation, i may have this backward.

But basically, PLUS signs are how PEOPLE see you. If you have the +1 horse or the +1 hideout (dodge city), you are now 1 spot farther away from everyone. How people see you only affects how people shot you. MINUS signs are how YOU see people. So if you have the Appaloosa at -1, you see everyone 1 spot closer.

Or more appropriately, the Plus only works when you are the target and Minus only works when you are the shooter.

Obviouly, these cards interact so it gets a bit more complicated. You having a -1 in front of you negates the +1 that your target has in front of them.

What I usually do is count every one out for the newbies. Dick is 3 seats away from Jane and Jane wants to Bang Dick. So have Jane count 1, 2, 3 to get to Dick. Dick has the Mustang. So he is now 3+1 = 4 spots away from Jane. Jane has the Mustang. So Dick is 4 -1 = 3 from Jane. Jane has the Remington which firse at 3. Since she has a gun that reaches at least 3 spots, she can target Dick.

Hopefully this all makes sense and I answered your question.
 
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They are always to the player's advantage (the one who played them, obviously):

A -1 makes people closer (so I can hit them easier)

A +1 makes me farther away (so I can't get hit as easily).

 
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Mark Campo
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for each +1 imagine an empty seat between you and the people either side of you

distance is the number of seats imaginarly empty or full between you and your opponent

for each -1 take 1 seat away, this may go to zero which mean you can kiss and hug each other! lol



 
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Jeff Cramer
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The way I remember the distance cards is that the -1 card is an offensive card and is only active during your turn. It is used only when you attack another player, bring them closer.

The +1 card is a defensive card that is only active when it is not your turn. When you are being attacked by another player, it pushes you one further position away.

When I teach the game, these descriptions always seem to work.
 
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I say that when trying to shoot at somebody you count your -'s and their +'s.
 
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Milarky wrote:
for each +1 imagine an empty seat between you and the people either side of you

distance is the number of seats imaginarly empty or full between you and your opponent

for each -1 take 1 seat away, this may go to zero which mean you can kiss and hug each other! lol




I thought I would give this one a try as I was explaining it to a couple of new people. It failed. Sorry!

I was hoping the chair thing would be the best visual but they kept putting in chairs all the time and it ended up being the bigger mess.
 
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