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Brett Dedrick
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When you accelerate the building of a ship with one activation counter, do you move the ship down one row AND one column to the left as well as moving it down a row due to regular construction?

Or is it just down one row due to regular construction and left one column due to acceleration?

 
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Eric Krug
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Each activity counter, or level of random event, equals one additional column moved.

From here,

http://www.gatheringstorm.org/rules/online/

with bold text added by me for clarity:


19.73 ACCELERATING CONSTRUCTION: Naval construction may be accelerated by spending an additional one or two activity counter points.
A. The expenditure of one additional activity counter point moves the accelerated ship down one row and one column to the left, so the next opportunity to advance the ship comes one turn earlier than would otherwise be the case.

B. The expenditure of two additional activity counter points moves the accelerated ship down one row and two columns over in either direction (a “knight’s move”, in chess terms), so the next opportunity to advance the ship comes two turns earlier than would otherwise be the case.

C. The EAI does not reduce the cost of acceleration.

D. Random events may allow the acceleration of ships at no cost, regardless of the seasonal column they occupy.
Acceleration from random events occurs before or after normal naval construction, at the option of the major power that drew the random event.
Acceleration from random events may be applied to ships in columns other than that of the current turn. Such ships move one or two columns to the left along the same row, depending on the random event. Ships in the Spring column move to the Winter column.
A ship that moves into the column for the current turn may be advanced to the next row, at the normal shipbuilding cost (19.71A). Similarly, a ship that moves through the column for the current turn may be advanced to the next row, at the normal shipbuilding cost, after which it is moved to the next column to the left.
If normal acceleration may be described as a “knight’s move” (19.73B), then advancing a ship during acceleration is similar to en passant. Non-chess players should think about invading Russia.

E. Acceleration is not allowed when a ship is first laid down.

So, the move down one row is "normal" construction and each activity counter adds one column.

Random events are equal in their effect to either one or two activity counters, but they don't cost extra. Think of them as freebies.
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Brett Dedrick
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Eric,

Although I agree that what you said is probably the intent, that is not what the rules state.

Under normal construction you move the ship down one row. Then the next step under accelerated construction is the line:

"The expenditure of one additional activity counter point moves the accelerated ship down one row and one column to the left"

This clearly states that when you do an accelerated construction you move down AND to the left.

But I think you're right and this is just an extremely poorly written rule.
 
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Brett Dedrick
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Bruce answered this and agreed that it was just a column move not a row move for the Accelerated ship building.
 
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