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Henry DeYoung
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Tobago looks like a very unique game, with its "reverse deduction" mechanism! But it also seems to have the potential to be fiddly, in terms of placing cubes as markers. If the players place the cubes too early, there may not be enough to cover all of the spaces that must be marked.

How easy is it to judge the right moment at which to place cubes? Does it happen annoyingly often that players try to place cubes too early? If so, has anyone tried adding more cubes to the game as a way of mitigating this problem, or does the board become too crowded with more cubes?
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Denis Yanishevskiy
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I find it pretty easy to judge when the location is narrowed enough to place cubes. In fact, I typically wait as long as possible, as placing all 15 cubes out is not that helpful, anyway. Sometimes you start placing them and realize it, but it's not a huge deal. I suppose you could get more cubes (or upgraded treasure tokens, for that matter), but I doubt that is really necessary.

In short, no, I would not call it fiddly. Placing out the cubes is part of the "treasure hunt."
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brian
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Agree with Denis. You'll figure it out quickly when is the "right" time. It really is only necessary after a few cards have been played and you need to start really narrowing it down.

Probably more fiddly is remembering to rotate the statues each time!
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It is generally quite easy to judge whether you can put down the cubes. Usually the cubes are put down so it is easier to find those couple of clue cards that actually reduce the number of cubes or to inform people that there are few enough cubes that using your talismans to remove them may be worthwhile. Honestly I have never found that part of the game fiddly as we often put the cubes down when there are 5-10 cube possibilities and it is pretty easy to tell when that is.
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Bobby Clark
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It really is not a problem knowing when you need the cubes. We replaced them with some plastic jewels in different colors from Hobby Lobby that can be found in the floral department. Quantity is not an issue and they are much nicer to look at than the boring cubes.
It's a great game, don't let the cube placement scare you away.
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Starla Lester
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The cubes haven't ever been a problem.

To address your other statement, Tobago really is not what I'd call fiddly at all!

The gameplay is significantly unique and different, and almost counter-intuitive (in a good way) enough to throw people's minds the first time they play it. That makes it "feel" different while one figures it out. But once players have played it a time or two, it'pretty streamlined!

I highly recommend the game, and highly recommend playing more than once
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Kirk Monsen
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not fiddly ...

wait until you see about 8-10 spots before placing down cubes (in case someone points out spots you didn't notice).
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Rick
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Everything mentioned above is spot on. The cubes are really there just to help you. If you are playing with young kids you probably want to place them pretty early to help them see it better. But generally after ~3 clues you place them.
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Another vote here for not fiddly.
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Darren Witt
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agreed. not fiddly. rarely do we start out putting cubes on the board only to find out we need 2 more. it happens, but rarely. FUN game too.

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Kevin Brown
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Yah, not fiddly at all. Such a good game. Do not let the cubes keep you away.
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Henry DeYoung
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Thanks to everyone for their feedback! The consensus definitely seems to be that Tobago's cubes are not fiddly. I'll have to look for a copy now, since you all have given me the last push that I needed. Thanks!
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