That's just one strategy; another is to pick a character with a high cash limit. Any money over the cash limit is $10/point, but once you're under the limit you buy those points at $6 each.
There's also a big land strategy, etc etc etc
We always play with dice, and she doesn't like the river side, so we use 9 mountains on the open side.
Enjoy this crazy fun game!
So, in your opinion, the duel at the end of the game is not an issue since there are other ways of getting points?
We only played a few times with 3 people.