I'm hoping Cody might see this and weigh in on the decision to make scoring the way it is. Why not have the winner be the player with the highest total score? As in add together their points from both the long board and the short board and that player is the winner?
Perhaps with bonus points for those that win the best in each category?
Hey Pauly Paul! Thanks for the Q! I tried lots of different score systems - including the one you mentioned above. The current system is the one that I feel provides the highest engagement and depth of strategy.
The primary issue I found with the total highest score version was that it felt very flat - tended to have a heavy 'runaway leader' feel to the game, and players weren't encouraged to use both board types as much.
If someone got a couple high-scoring waves, the other players often felt they were out of the competition, and would lose interest in playing. Also, players would stick to a single board type if they felt they could score highly using it.
Obviously there are a myriad of scoring options one could use in the game, but in the end I had to settle on the one I felt was the most fun
Does that sort of answer your question Pauly Paul?