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Subject: Trick Lane rss

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Ivo Neskovic
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Is the trick lane always the same for each game. I. E. Every card is always at the same place? Or we follow the order for the types of cards but the actual card is random,like for example in 4 players the 4th card is always a locomotive but it can be 3 or 6 etc?

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Jonathan Schindler
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The trick lane is set up by card type (except for the locomotives). So, the shares will come out in a different order, as will the cities, but the locomotive order is fixed.
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Goatcabin wrote:
The trick lane is set up by card type (except for the locomotives). So, the shares will come out in a different order, as will the cities, but the locomotive order is fixed.


I eventually came to that conclusion as well, but it is not clear in the rules.
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Steve S
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Still confused.

The rule (for 3 players) says to create the trick lane in order of:

1) Randomized Exchange cards
2) Randomized City cards
3) Locomotive cards (no order specified
4) Reservation cards

That would imply that the line would be *all* exchange cards, followed by *all* city cards, and so on.
However the example graphic shows:

Exchange->City->Exchange->City->Exchange->City->Exchange->Loco 3->Exchange->Local 4->Reservation->Loco 5->Etc

How the heck did we get that order in the example??

Are we supposed to alternate exchange cards between city cards until they run out, and then been locos until the exchanges run out and then we switch to Reservations in place of exchanges?
Or was the order shown in the example just coincidentally in that order after a random draw?

Bad rule! Bad! yuk
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Dustin Schwartz
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The setup instructions say this, specifically:

Create the "Trick Lane" with a face-up row of randomized Exchange cards [E], randomized City cards [C], Locomotive cards [#], and Reservation cards, as shown below.

Nothing there says that you are to put them out in the order they are listed serially in that sentence. Rather, "as shown below." The diagrams show you which types of cards should go where in the Trick Lane, based on the player count.
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Chris Brooks
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Ack, anyone have an answer on this? Very confusing.
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Benjamin Benson
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Came here to get an answer to this myself. I went to the first edition rules which say:

Shuffle the Exchange Share cards. In a 3 or 4 player game, also shuffle the City cards Depending on the number of players, create a row of the Exchange Share cards, City cards, Locomotive cards and Share Reservation cards, as shown in the figure below. All cards should be face up, but the Exchange Share cards and the City cards should be shuffled before making the Trick Lane, so their order is random. The order of the Locomotive cards and Share Reservation cards is not random; it's as shown below (the gray 3, 4, 5, 6, ALL are the Locomotive cards)
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