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Manhattan Reject
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Just received the game and was keen to get a solo play through of it to get the rules "down" before I attempted to teach it.

I have to say I found the rules initially a little obtuse, I guess a little wordy and not enough iconography for me. I have a few questions and apologies in advance if the answers were right in front of me ... I have looked and it wouldn't be the first time I have missed something obvious shake

1/ This is a really stupid one ... but what is gold for? I did not see any mention of its use as a currency in the rule book. Only the cost in silver is mentioned. I also could not see a ratio that was to be applied i.e. silver is 1 and gold 5 for instance. I fear I am being very stupid with this question!

2/ At the end of each round do you include your capital when counting in supply places for one silver each? I presumed you did, but as the supply point starts there it could be it supplies the other towns.

3/ Siege engine card. I do not understand the crossed sword icons on it. It has 1 + 2 crossed swords. I understand it has 1 strength in defense / field battles but is that 2 or 3 strength when attacking a fortified location?

4/ Libyan Cavalry. half strength in seiges. I understand the principle of this but does this mean you can play two cards for one action to gain a strength point (normally playing one card is one action) or you have to take 2 actions to play two of these cards to gain the 1 battle strength. If it is the latter I presume you lose the 1/2 strength if you can't add another to make it whole.

It must be the former for number 4, but it doesn't state you can play two cards for one action anywhere that I found.

5/ The colonist card. can you use this as a colonist symbol or just to collect 2 silver. I only thought as it was the colonist card you may be able to use it as a colonist symbol, but I presumed not!

Well that is enough questions for now, I am sure I will have plenty more. For a game that I have found extremely hard to learn from the rules, I am enjoying it immensely. I can see there is a great game there, I just need to get my mind around it and I am very eager to get cracking playing it correctly.

Cheers.
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Manhattan Reject
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Thanks Ed for the quick reply.

Cannot believe I missed the phrase stating 5 silver to 1 gold! shake At least I played it that way anyway.

2, 3 & 4 I played the same as you although with 4 I am still not completely sure.

Point 5 I played the colonist only for the ability to gain silver but it just felt wrong. Why else would he be called the colonist otherwise.

Thanks again for your clear answers, shame you are not closer we could have got in a game!
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1) Ed is correct.
2) Ed is correct.
3) Ed is correct. This is explained more fully in the Companion Guide (5.2).
4) Ed is correct, except for sieges. The loser always selects the card that is lost in a siege. See "Battle Losses and Cavalry Superiority", second sentence.
5) Ed is correct. This was clarified in the "Errata and Clarifications" post.
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