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Erik Busse
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Hi, We just played our first game tonight. In the last round we had just enough tiles to fill the 9 factories. In fact, there was only 1 tile left in the bag. If no one would have completed his first horizontal line this round, we would have had a problem.
Is it possible that you run out of tiles so that you cannot refill all factories? What to do then? Or were we playing something wrong?
 
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Adelin Dumitru
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You place all the tiles back in the bag and proceed as you usually do
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Erik Busse
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I know. We filled the bag about 3 times before we were running (almost) out of tiles. Probably because all of us were playing on the verticals and all 5 tiles of one color. Even after 8 rounds, the game wasn't finished.
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Martin G
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It's in the rules - you just play with incomplete factory tiles.
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Erik Busse
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Thanks! Didn't see that one!
 
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Eorl Osborne
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But how do you partially fill? do you:
•put 4 on as many as you can, leaving some empty
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•1 on each factory, then a second, third... on each until the bag is empty.

I've gotten pretty good at grabbing 4 at a time, but then had to redistribute. Which once I could see the colours was hard to do without being possibly biased or accused of bias!

the rules only say
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In the rare case that you run out of tiles again while there are none left in the lid, start the new round as usual even though not all Factory displays are properly filled.
(edited to add this quote)
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Martin G
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Four and a time, I'd say.
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Kim Williams
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qwertymartin wrote:
Four and a time, I'd say.


That's what I'd do to, four on each tile until you run out (meaning you either have one tile with less than four, or an empty tile or a combination of the two), as that is following the normal set up rules as closely as you're able.
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Christina Crouch
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Thats what I'd do too. I do think this should be clarified in a future edition of the rules.
 
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I'd just like to add that the German rules are (just a tiny bit) clearer on this, since they omit the word "properly". So the more direct English equivalent would be "[...] even though not all Factory displays have been filled."

This suggests that you should indeed fill a single display with what remains in the bag and leave any others empty.
 
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