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Trevor S
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I'm curious what people think about whether there are any dominant strategies in the game? I'm 10 games in with most of those being solo. I haven't quite figured out if there are dominant strategies or if here are just strategies that are easier to execute.

So far, my scores have varied wildly from game to game, anywhere from high 50s to low 100s. I've tried out a completely different strategy in almost every game. I've been most successful by far with raiding/pillaging and abusing the spots that let you upgrade unique green tiles. I've also done very well on heavy emigration. On the flip side, I have gotten my ass handed to me when going for a heavy whaling/hunting/breeding strategy. Are here things that you really should only dabble in?

Thoughts?
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Jeremy Avery
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I'm very happy to report that, in my experience, playing off your Occupation cards has been the difference maker in all my multiplayer games and my solitaire games. I say happy because the Occupation cards are what provide a lot of variability, and if they didn't make a difference, it would make the game too samey.

To answer your question more specifically: I've played 20 times so far, 1p, 2p, and 3p, and I've had high scores so far with Whaling + Exploration, All-Out Emigration + Grey Tile forging/buying, Exploration + Bonus + Income, Crafting + Explore, Pillage/Plunder + Explore. I have had high scores/wins with one Expl. board, two Expl. boards, three Explore boards, and anywhere between 0-2 Houses. I've won with zero Emigration all the way up to six Emigration. I've seen high scores with full player boards, and mostly empty player boards. I've seen high scores from low income and high income strategies.

But most of the high scores and wins I've seen have had 4+ Occupations in play being used for their advantages. This variability makes me...

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It's nice to know that there are so many different strategies to go by. The game seems to have so many options (don't have it yet) and there will likely be a 'dominant' strat. Needless to say the game looks impressive. I don't have any 'euro' style games in my collection.

I've read some great things about it as a solo game and I eager to get it once it's available again. As it is most sites don't have it in stock.
 
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SgtTenor wrote:
It's nice to know that there are so many different strategies to go by. The game seems to have so many options (don't have it yet) and there will likely be a 'dominant' strat. Needless to say the game looks impressive. I don't have any 'euro' style games in my collection.

I've read some great things about it as a solo game and I eager to get it once it's available again. As it is most sites don't have it in stock.


Out of curiosity, if you haven't played it, how can you so sure there will be a dominant strategy? The playtest group for Uwe Rosenberg's games includes some high-profile designers and developers...
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familygaming wrote:
SgtTenor wrote:
It's nice to know that there are so many different strategies to go by. The game seems to have so many options (don't have it yet) and there will likely be a 'dominant' strat. Needless to say the game looks impressive. I don't have any 'euro' style games in my collection.

I've read some great things about it as a solo game and I eager to get it once it's available again. As it is most sites don't have it in stock.


Out of curiosity, if you haven't played it, how can you so sure there will be a dominant strategy? The playtest group for Uwe Rosenberg's games includes some high-profile designers and developers...


I may have to re-read my posts of late. I didn't mean that there 'will be', I could see that there likely could be.

Needless to say, since you already played 20+ games, I will defer to your opinion on the matter. Again I hope this will become available for reprint or whatever. The game looks fantastic!
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SgtTenor wrote:
familygaming wrote:
SgtTenor wrote:
It's nice to know that there are so many different strategies to go by. The game seems to have so many options (don't have it yet) and there will likely be a 'dominant' strat. Needless to say the game looks impressive. I don't have any 'euro' style games in my collection.

I've read some great things about it as a solo game and I eager to get it once it's available again. As it is most sites don't have it in stock.


Out of curiosity, if you haven't played it, how can you so sure there will be a dominant strategy? The playtest group for Uwe Rosenberg's games includes some high-profile designers and developers...


I may have to re-read my posts of late. I didn't mean that there 'will be', I could see that there likely could be.

Needless to say, since you already played 20+ games, I will defer to your opinion on the matter. Again I hope this will become available for reprint or whatever. The game looks fantastic!


Well, we are agreed that we both hope you are wrong then!

I'm not a deep enough strategist to be able to comment on the viability and strength of strategies in a pure numbers sort of way. I just don't have the head for the maths. I play mostly by intuition, and just like exploring strategies. The only thing I feel quite certain of is that good Occupation play matters. If I am right, that, in turn, makes it less likely that there is a dominant strategy, since the combination of Occupations really change how a player approached strategy.
 
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It's definitely one of the stronger solo games out there. I'm loving exploring different strategies (there's a lot there to play with).
 
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