Have played the game 4 player 3 times now. We find that we aren't keeping events very often, wondering if we are playing incorrectly or missing the potential strategy benefits.
We definitely see the advantage of keeping one event if you don't have the Rocinante so that you have one to play during the scoring round.
But losing a CP to keep an event (if you aren't ProtoGen), and then playing it on a later turn just seems like a lost opportunity to influence the board. I can appreciate that playing a kept event from your hand extends the game slightly because no card comes off the offering that turn, and it's also a turn where you know your opponents won't get to do anything. But it still feels worse to have the following 2 turns:
1. Lose a CP and keep a card
2. Play the event on the kept card
1. Play the event from the first card
2. Play the event or use the AP from a second card
Miller is an obvious exception here, as the card is kept for free, and then you get the AP AND the event of another card. Cotyar Ghazi is another great one to keep, but again, is kept for free.
You're also at risk of coming away with nothing if Assassin hasn't come out yet.
Some cards can be better if you hold onto them long enough to be played at a point where they have a bigger impact, such as Sadavir Errinwright, but it seems like the majority of the cards affect a set amount of influence or fleets, so it seems like a waste to spend a CP, give up your turn, just to do it later.
Thoughts? Let me know what I'm missing, how you've effectively used this mechanic to swing games in your favor.
- Last edited Fri Jan 5, 2018 3:52 pm (Total Number of Edits: 5)
- Posted Fri Jan 5, 2018 10:59 am
What is the sound of one card shuffling?
I'm no expert but most of the event keeping that I've seen thus far has been off turn when someone takes the AP from a card. Some cards would obviously be beneficial just not right then, and some you might want to take just so you don't leave an event to the next person in initiative order if it's particularly damaging to you.