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Subject: Anyone using the Deluxe version plant setup for the old version? rss

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Steve Duff
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In the Deluxe version, you take plants 3-15, shuffle them and randomly choose the starting 8 in the markets from them.

I'm a big fan of variable setups in games, so I wonder if anyone has tried this yet, or can think of any reason why it wouldn't be a good idea with the card distribution in the old version?
 
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May be an interesting idea. Easily adaptable even with the expansion maps
 
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Yes, these are the possible plants in the deluxe version:

# Fuel Res Cities
3 Coal 2 1
4 Coal 2 1
5 Gas 2 1
6 Oil 1 1
7 Coal 1 1
8 Oil/Gas 3 2
9 Coal 3 2
10 Oil 2 2
11 Environ 1
12 Coal 2 2
13 Uranium 1 2
14 Gas 1 2
15 Coal 1 2


Mostly it's just some plants have been moved around, although the old #15 powers 3 cities. That's the biggest difference I see.

I'm definitely going to try this next time I play.
 
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Might want to keep it to the 03-14 for the original deck and leave out the 15. It's possible for it to drop to the sixth player, if only the top card is a small plant (the extra one set aside during setup).

It shouldn't matter much for 5P and under, though.
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Just tried this with the 2 player Trust rules on the original US board, I thought it worked fine. We did use 3-14 just for consistency. I like the variation in the setup, we had 4-7 as the original 4 plants in play.

I also thought the Trust rules worked very well, definitely the best way to play 2 player. Much better than the robot, much less fiddly. The board play became much more important, way more restrictive. The market was improved as well, on the final turn there was a chance that I could not get the win by there not being enough coal to buy. That simply never happened before.
 
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