the first 3 checkboxes, skip the 4th, use the fifth:
Mini Expansion #1 (town tiles) Shipping bonus tile (Spielbox 6/2013) Temple round scoring tile (2015 mini expansion) SKIP the Extra final scoring tile (Fire & Ice expansion) Turn order determined by passing order (Fire & Ice expansion)
just learning the game, i'm finding 160+ easy to get with mermaids, haven't got anything else past 150 yet. Everything else i'm trying - Giants, Auren, Nomads, Alchemists are all in the 130-145 range. Are mermaids the best against the AI.
I would expect a Division 8 since it's been the norm for several seasons and I believe the there were a lot of people who also took off for the summer months. It could mean that no matter what, a new player will be in D8, but there always seem to be a few new entrants sneaking in to D7.