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Subject: Using the Masterpiece Cards - Set up, Rules and Melding rss

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k boginski
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When using the Masterpiece Expansion Cards, please note the following:

5 & 6 Player Games:

Add the following to Play Deck during set-up:

- 14 Masterpiece Cards
- 2 additional Luminary cards (totaling 6)
- 2 additional Populace cards (totaling 6)

This will bring total number of cards in the Play Deck to 90 (before Era Envelopes cards are added)

Each player is dealt 9 cards

2-4 Player Game:

Add the following to the Play Deck during set-up:

- 14 Masterpiece cards
- 2 additional Luminary cards

This will bring the total number of cards in the Play Deck to 88

2-3 players - 12 cards are dealt
4 players - 11 cards are dealt
(This is the same as in a non-Masterpiece game)

Special Rules:

- Masterpiece cards must be placed face up on the table as meld as soon as they are obtained. Players instantly receive 5 florins for each Masterpiece Card displayed. (These cards remain part of your hand, as is the case in all meld).

- The Leonardo Luminary card (if in the game) may be sacrificed to change the Dominant Condition to "Masterpiece"

Special Masterpiece Meld:

Single Masterpiece cards - 5

1 of each Masterpiece card - 300
2 Fleurs - 30
2 Kings - 25
2 Queens - 20
2 Castles - 15
2 Bishops - 10
2 Animals - 5
2 Pawns - 2

Masterpiece cards may also be used to complete any standard Meld.

I hope this helps to clarify the use of the Masterpiece cards for everyone.

I will upload a PDF of the rules and Meld guides that come in the set soon.

- karen
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Karen,

Is the 5 florins for a masterpiece card correct? It's not in the insert and doesn't seem to make sense. 2 pawns are worth 2 but just playing them individually is worth 10.
 
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You receive 5 florins for each Masterpiece card placed on the table. If any of those cards are paired, you receive the additional amount listed on the guide.

Every Masterpiece card must be displayed as soon as it is obtained.
 
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We definitely weren't play it that way as those rules aren't in the insert. I'll make sure we do that going forward.
 
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So, if my initial hand has 3 masterpiece cards, do I put them out right away and get 15 florins for then? If my draw at the end of a skirmish is a masterpiece card, do I display it right away? I'm assuming doing this doesn't count as my 1 masterpiece meld a turn.
 
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Hi Josh,
Here's Jody's response to your questions:

Yes, if your initial hand has 3 Masterpiece cards, you lay them down (face up)on the table and get 15 florins. This DOES NOT count as laying down meld after winning a Skirmish. And actually, after you win a skirmish, you may lay down 1 instance of standard game meld, and ALSO 1 instance of special Masterpiece meld.

So for instance, if you put down 2 separate Masterpiece Kings during the course of the game (and received 5 florins each for them), when it’s your turn to officially make meld (i.e., you’ve won the Skirmish), you can put those 2 kings together and get an ADDITIONAL 25 florins. (Refer to the Masterpiece Meld Guide for what each Masterpiece combo is worth.)
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