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Greg Rogers
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My daughter and I just played this. We only realized at the end of the game that the required icons on the Innovation cards are only the ones on the bottom row. Oops. But no problem...I won!

Quick question. We weren't sure if Task Icons count when totaling up all of the icons in a village. Can someone place a Procreation card in a village to get the three Task Icons to count as Icons at the end of the game? If so, can the final Culture/Special card be placed so that one gets the three icons in order to block the other person from having the most Icons?

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Tasks are not included as icons for the final scoring, since Villagers are never played to your village. (If played as Culture, the Villager side is inactive.)

Only the top row of icons from the cards in your village count as "icons". Thus, the upside-down icons on Hunt and Gather cards, the requirements on an Innovation card, the "for each" on the Culture side of a Procreate card, and the task icons on Villager side of the Procreate card do NOT count as "icons".

Edit: small clarification
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Thanks! It wasn't all that clear for us in that first game...
 
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I really wish the icons would clearly distinguish what is required from what scores. Making them a different shape (e.g. circles) would be one way, but changing the size or putting some border around would also work. Anything to make it obvious at a glance which type of icon it is.

It would be a simple graphical change that would make the game significantly easier to teach and play.
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peakhope wrote:
I really wish the icons would clearly distinguish what is required from what scores.


Only the top row scores. Doesn't seem very hard to teach. whistle
 
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stoneleaf wrote:
Only the top row scores. Doesn't seem very hard to teach. whistle

Right. Technically, it's easy to teach that rule. But during play, it's easy to forget. And especially looking over at the sea of icons in your opponent's tableau, it's easy to get confused.

While we might disagree on how much of a challenge the current design presents, hopefully we can all agree that making them more distinct would be an improvement.
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I will admit to stacking my cards so only the top row is visible to help avoid that particular problem.

While different shaped icons would make it easier, I'm uncertain that the resulting visuals would be an improvement.
 
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stoneleaf wrote:
While different shaped icons would make it easier, I'm uncertain that the resulting visuals would be an improvement.

Shape. Or size. Or border.

I also stack my cards, but the top card always shows both ends.
 
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