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Anthony L.
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Finally got this to the table today, and we only had one rule question we couldn't figure out, so I thought I'd ask it here. Some of the Objective cards involve having more of something than the other players, and are worded as "Have More X Than Any Other Player". Some of us at the table read that as, "have more X than everyone else" and the others read it as "I don't have the most, but I have more than you and you are any other player". So how is that supposed to be worded? Can I claim it if I have more of whatever than another player, or do I have to have the most of everyone? We ruled the former, since it does say "more than any other player" and not "more than every other player", but I have a feeling it's supposed to be "more than everyone" and is just badly worded.
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I have the feeling that it is supposed to be more than everyone else....just very poorly worded like you stated. I'm looking forward to see what others say. I also live in San Antonio and enjoy this game and other civ building games...let me know if you ever want to play this or any other similar game.
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While it's definitely technically ambiguous, in English "more than any other player" would normally mean you have the most of all players. It's equivalent to "more than anyone else".

It seems to serve as a distinction that clarifies you shouldn't total the other players things to compare, which "more than every other player" could be taken to mean.

It seems that "more than another" or "more than any one other" would be required to unambiguously mean don't need the most just more than someone else.

Standard disclaimers apply - IMHO - I Am Not a Linguist etc etc - just sharing my 40+ years experience speaking English (well, Australian anyway )

Hopefully I've not muddied the waters further!
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dbelcher wrote:
While it's definitely technically ambiguous, in English "more than any other player" would normally mean you have the most of all players. It's equivalent to "more than anyone else".

It seems to serve as a distinction that clarifies you shouldn't total the other players things to compare, which "more than every other player" could be taken to mean.

It seems that "more than another" or "more than any one other" would be required to unambiguously mean don't need the most just more than someone else.

Standard disclaimers apply - IMHO - I Am Not a Linguist etc etc - just sharing my 40+ years experience speaking English (well, Australian anyway )

Hopefully I've not muddied the waters further!


'......More x than any of each one of the individual players......', but the original seems fairly clear to me that this is what is what is meant, rather then the total of all of the other players combined.
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Echo35 wrote:
Some of the Objective cards involve having more of something than the other players, and are worded as "Have More X Than Any Other Player". Some of us at the table read that as, "have more X than everyone else" and the others read it as "I don't have the most, but I have more than you and you are any other player". So how is that supposed to be worded?
It's more than each and every player considered individually i.e. No one's got as many 'X' as I have, so I fulfil the objective.

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dbelcher wrote:
While it's definitely technically ambiguous, in English "more than any other player" would normally mean you have the most of all players. It's equivalent to "more than anyone else".


That's what I assumed, but then someone else brought up the other interpretation, and I thought, well technically that's not wrong, so we just kind of went with it for the sake of keeping the game going. Definitely makes sense now though.
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Just think of it this way, you are being rewarded for being the "best" at something.

It should probably say "More than each other player", but there you go, English is not always precise, that's why contracts are so long.
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It could just say "highest number of X"
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