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Subject: Speedier scoring rss

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Matthew O'Malley
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The first few times you play Between Two Cities, I recommend scoring as written in the rulebook: each player counts the score for one city, and you go around the table counting shop scores and moving the city tokens on the scoreboard, then factories, and so on down the scoring aid. This helps teach the scoring and allows you to check everyone else's math. Of course your final score is the lower of your two cities (not just the one you're counting), and once all the city scores have been counted, it may help to say your player score out loud ("sixty-three") so that it's easy to tell who won.

However, once everyone has played a few times, you can just announce "shops" and have everyone count the shop score and move the city token for the city to their left simultaneously. When everyone is done, announce "factories," and so on down the scoring aid.

This speeds up scoring quite a bit (as long as you know everyone is familiar with how scoring works), but still allows you to see how all the cities are doing after each type of tile is scored.
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J. M. Lopez-Cepero "CP"
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I second the recommendation. Also, it helps a bit to score factories all at once - that way it's easier to remember which cities get extra score from them for having the majority or second majority.
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