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Mattias Svanstrom
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I have only just looked at the rules for this game and played a couple of rounds by myself. I'm looking forward to trying it out soon. However, the paying of taxes got me thinking - it's a little bit clunky and I can't really see what difference it makes. Sure, it decreases the lead for the leader, but my feeling is that the effect is quite small. On the other hand, if it really didn't add anything to the game, I assume it would have been taken out. So maybe I'm missing something.

Any opinions on the tax?
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Chris Smith
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I didn't play test the game or anything, but in thinking about it, I could see it coming down to a timing issue for the end game. It would ensure you travel enough around the board for "more meaningful" decisions to transpire.

Now you have me wondering if that's the real reason or not.
 
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It isn't small. Really.
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There's income in every turn. You invest your money to get bigger income, but you immediately have less money because of that.

The tax hurts players that want to just coast to the finish line with their current income: you have to keep working a bit harder with the investments than you would have if there was no tax.

(at least that much I gathered after one match, there could be other effects)
 
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Mattias Svanstrom
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I still can't quite visualize that it would do something other than affect everyone more or less the same.

Ah well, maybe I'll see it after my first game.
 
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Roel van der Hoorn
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It encourages you to buy new capacity, because money in production capacity is untaxed. Only actual money is taxed.
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Integer wrote:
I still can't quite visualize that it would do something other than affect everyone more or less the same.

Ah well, maybe I'll see it after my first game.


It would affect more heavily the player that doesn't invest.
 
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The tax adds a highly tactical element: it's much better to be in 2nd place by $1 than to be in 1st place by $1. This makes going later in the turn valuable, since you can see what the critical thresholds are to pay less tax (and force someone else to pay more.)

Whether this is a feature you like or not depends on you.
 
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