We're undecided about one rules question in this German game. (To be clear: the rules are in German, yet the game's board and components allow easy play without knowledge of the German language.)
From our interpretation of the rules, it appears that if a player is allowed to examine more than one of the 7 face-down raven cards on a turn, he does this sequentially. Thus he first selects one raven card, privately examines it, and then sets it back on the board (in a different location). He then repeats this process with a second card, and (if permitted) with a third card.
The question that arises is this: If other players know (by previous examination) which raven card is the Prince, they can easily keep track of the Prince for the entire duration of the first phase of the game. For once they know the location of the Prince raven card on the board, they can merely watch to see if another player picks it up to examine it. If so, they will then note and remember upon which new location that active player sets the card.
They thus always know the location of the Prince, even if it moves about the board by being set on different locations during the first phase of the game. This means it's very likely that by the time any player has accumulated a hand of 7 cards and is eligible to conclude the first phase of the game, all players will be certain of the Prince's location.
Somehow this doesn't seem right. Our thinking is that for at least one (or perhaps for even several) players there should be some uncertainty about the location of the Prince at various times during the first phase of the game, and the way the game should work is this:
If a player rolls the dice and is permitted to examine 2 or 3 raven cards, he simultaneously takes the desired 2 or 3 cards off the board, privately examines them, and then re-sets them on the board in locations of his choosing. So if among the 2 or 3 cards he picks up he happens to pick up a raven card that opponents know is the Prince, he can confuse them when he re-sets the raven cards back on the board. The opposing players will then have only a 1-in-2 or 1-in-3 chance of knowing which of the re-set cards is the Prince.
This introduces what we think is the desired uncertainty into the first phase of the game. It means that even if a player learns the location of the Prince, he may lose that knowledge by the action of another player, and will have to consider carefully if he is willing to end the first phase of the game with a guess about the Prince's location.
Perhaps a German-speaking player can make an exact interpretation of the rules to determine how examination of multiple raven cards is really to work.
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- Posted Thu Apr 13, 2017 2:00 pm