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Subject: Good way to shuffle extra cards in? rss

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Atsushi Kojima
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First of all, I hope I got the rule right. It states that we deal the artifact cards first to players/market/pyramid then shuffle appropriate number of sandstorm/map/thief cards into the draw deck.

There was an occasion where we had a bunch of sandstorms and thiefs didn't show up til the near end of the game and it all was grouped up almost one after another.

And I have to say that process of shuffling those extra cards back in the deck was a bit tedious as I have to make sure it's all random yet not favouring either side of the deck.

Is there a way to make this process more pleasant and to proven to give players nice balanced game play experience?

Thanks!
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Simon Woodward
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Yes, that's right. Sometimes the sandstorms and thieves do end up somewhat clumped, that's the nature of shuffling and randomness, and in this game the answer is to be prepared!

You could try a less random shuffling technique, like dealing all the cards out into a few piles, then stacking the piles, a couple of times.
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Jurgen Koller
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I shuffle the maps, sandstorms and thieves and give this deck to someone. I grab the other deck and the two of us alternate in putting cards face down into a single deck: a few treasure cards to every one from the map/sandstorm/thief deck. Afterwards I give that final deck a light shuffle. I find this works well and quite painless.
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Atsushi Kojima
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Thanks both!

I like the idea of cutting. Will definitely try that out next time I play!
 
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