Brian McCarty wrote:
The beneficiary is often the person who traded you the calamity, regardless of the number of cities.
You often pick secondary victims -- all things being equal I (and may others) pick the person doing the best.
Not for the non-tradable ones, especially civil war and tyranny who were designed to balance the game by helping the weakest civilizations.
Becq Starforged wrote:
Wouldn't that be at least as easy (or easier) to abuse? Wouldn't the benefits of regularly being the beneficiary outweigh the -5 point penalty for being one space behind -- while still being able to have maximum cities as well as buying trade cards via advances?
If you want to be the last on the AST progression you will probably need to take more of a -15, -20 penalty on the last rounds. Huge price to pay for the possibility of gaining a few more units. I've never seen someone late on the AST track managing to win.
But if you're economy is not based on cities but on advances(to get more treasury and buy cards then later obtaining them freely with wonder of the world and provincial empire) then it can be worth it to ignore them to monopolize Civil War and Tyranny (generally the first come's out about three time and the second about two), this can be really helpful on the long term.