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Subject: What am I missing Casino and PR Firm tiles rss

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inkey jones
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I just bought the game on iPad

So I can easily beat [most times] the three AI's just by pushing for the goal bonuses - as they seem bad in that regard

Then I read how PR/Casino tiles are unbalanaced and you can win by saving 30+ million dollars - so you can snap one of them up

So i try this - and see no benefit

And now lose most games

What am I missing

Do you need to have a population over x amount to make it worth it [?]

What do you need to do to get the best out of these tiles [throw down population increasing tiles?]

Can anyone explain why they are strong cards, as I haven't seen any value in them

Thanks for any strategy advice on how they need to be played
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Adam Beliveau
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They invalidate the penalties for the red lines. If you get them early enough they are incredibly strong. If your income or reputation don't drop when you cross a red line, you can just spam green tiles like crazy. Of Course they would be less valuable at the end of the game, but completely invalidating the built in catchup mechanic if you can get both those tiles is incredibly strong.
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Jordan Booth
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If you use a doubling action on them then you profit when crossing the red lines.
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Mark Delano
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Casino is nice, but not that overpowered. PR Firm is situationally overpowered. Ideally in a two player game where it is purchased in the first turn of deck C. As you relax those conditions it tails off in effectiveness pretty quickly.
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Steve Clark
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Their effectiveness is reduced even more in the Lone Architect solo game, where an investment marker is needed to negate the red line penalty.

(having said that, the Casino is pretty powerful if it comes out early enough and you have a means of recovering the lost rep quickly...the PR Firm is useless though)
 
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