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Subject: Investment bonus too high? rss

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Hello,

Yesterday we played our first game and we truly loved it.

The only doubt that we have is that in ages III - IV every time someone got a card previously invested, the investment bonus was so huge (counting the development and visible icons) that the supply emptied after the complete action, resulting as a "free" card for the player.

Are we doing everything alright?
 
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Andy Van Zandt
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It is definitely common in the late game for players to have accumulated enough symbols to get occasional free cards.

If they are consistently getting them free, then it's the other players' fault- they should invest in things that player has a lot of symbols for, or snipe from them because they're under-pricing them (depending on what is happening).

If everybody is getting lots of free cards, you're probably all undervaluing them (price scales up as the game goes on and there's more money in the system. If everyone's still bidding 3's and 4's during the late game, there would be lots of free cards).
 
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dpolan wrote:
Hello,

Yesterday we played our first game and we truly loved it.

The only doubt that we have is that in ages III - IV every time someone got a card previously invested, the investment bonus was so huge (counting the development and visible icons) that the supply emptied after the complete action, resulting as a "free" card for the player.

Are we doing everything alright?


Something seems wrong (I think). You only get the investment if it passes around the table without someone sniping you and you take the card. If you are bidding on a card such a small amount (because the investment makes the purchase a net positive) the other players should be sniping the hell out of you. Sniping is a far better route because you get the card in one action, as opposed to two. This is further beneficial if the pot is dry because the person getting sniped does not get a windfall either (IIRC). It is also not a "free" card in the sense that you paid two actions for it. I would rather snipe two cards for two actions. Only downside is that transfers money to another player.

NB: It has been a while since I played the game, but this is my recollection of the rules.
 
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How many players was it?
 
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It was a 3 player game.
 
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Same has happened to us in a 3p game
 
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