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Dan Skrodzki
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How does everyone setup their discard pile? Do you all discard face up or face down? This affects certain cards, like the Eclair. Is there an official ruling on this that I missed in the rulebook?
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Michael Parker
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I didn't see anything specific in the rule book, but we played with the discard pile face up. We also played so that you could look through the discard pile at any time to see how many cards were discarded for different sets, assessing the red velvet special action, etc.
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The rules don't specify, but face up makes the most sense to me, and is always how we've played it. Cards such as the eclair or day-old donuts become far more calculateable and strategic when the discard is face up, rather than a random chance. In any case, the only benefit to a face down discard comes to those with a stellar memory. Personally I'd play it face up whatever an official ruling calls because it's just more fun that way. The moment you take a light game like this one and create unnecessary limits to the gameplay, you lose some players' interest who would otherwise enjoy it for the light strategic game that it is.
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Daniel Theuerkaufer
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For the same reasons we are also playing with a face up discard pile.
 
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Zachary Eagle

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You're right it's not in the rule book, but the way I've always played is face up and players can look through it whenever they want as long as they are not rearranging it!
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Dan Skrodzki
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Thank you! I think playing with the discard pile face up makes the most sense. I think face down would add unnecessary confusion.
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Zachary Eagle

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dskrodzki wrote:
Thank you! I think playing with the discard pile face up makes the most sense. I think face down would add unnecessary confusion.


Yes, especially when you accidently start dealing from it!
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