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Subject: Down grading and running out of Low Evolution cards rss

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Peter Mulholland
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Played our first game last night and really enjoyed it, although I definitely think it needs multiple plays to understand the best way to play.

We came away with a question about the downgrade action. Do you always get a Low card no matter what you downgrade? So a Low, High or Final all go to Low? We burnt through the Low cards pretty quickly meaning the action was unavailable.
 
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Dann May
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Hi Peter, yeah you always downgrade to Low, and in doing that you can draw all the Low cards if enough people downgrade often enough.

Generally High cards have more bang for buck in terms of points for Matter spent, so downgrading is genuinely more of a safety valve for times when you get caught unable to complete a High card (or a Low card with Metal if Metal is very scarce) than it is a winning strategy. So the more you play you will probably find you downgrade less and less. Someone can always choose to push that mechanic for its own sake to eat up more Low cards, but it's not really a winning strategy.

Fun Fact: we're actually talking about adding in more Low Evolution cards as part of an expansion, so if we get there, then that will make Downgrading potential practically infinite.
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I've found that the Low cards are primarily good for getting "presence" on a planet to make yourself eligible for Final cards. I keep one in hand into the late game if necessary for that purpose. Otherwise, High cards are the best way to beef up your score in the midgame especially. My wife has done a good job of winning with High cards more than Final
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Thanks for answers. Probably playing again tonight so we shall see what happens.
 
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