Hi there. A quick word on what some people are calling the "advanced version". You might notice that some people suggest starting with the "advanced" game. Be careful, these gamers are not talking about the "expert version" (with thresholds at 10 and 25). They are actually talking about the "standard" game and comparing it to the "introductory" version.
The "introductory" version was a simplified version of NY1901 that originally came with the game. It's on a separate sheet. It plays completely differently than the regular game. It ends at 50 points and the Bronze, Silver and Gold buildings make no difference and demolitions are based on size. Many also thought it was a cheat-sheet which caused some confusion. At any rate, it's the "introductory" version (the 50 point game) that many are suggesting you skip. And I agree with them (it wasn't my idea). Future printings won't include that version.
For the best experience, I recommend that you start (and continue!) with the standard game with silver and gold thresholds at 6 and 18 and a starting property. It's the way I almost always play the game.
The "expert" thresholds (10 and 25) can also be fun for a change of pace, especially in a 2 player game. But it can be dangerous with bigger groups of beginners.
Keep calm and build on!
Thank you for posting this. Just curious, what impact does the expert thresholds have that make the 2P game that much more interesting when playing that way?