I’m pretty sure I’m overthinking the setup but I just want to make sure I start the campaign the right way. We will be 2 players. Can you confirm this is right?
1- I stick all 6 basic resource buildings on the board, in their respective charter.
2- We both keep our own constructed building card in front of us, alongside our persona.
3- We add and shuffle the 4 inactive constructed building cards with the assistants. Then I draw 5 of those and put them on the advancement mat.
If this is correct, why would anyone « hire » one of the 4 inactive cards??
Also, if we add automas in future games, do we remove their inactive building cards from the advancement deck?
Yes, that seems correct. At least that's how we did it.
You'd buy their crates to get points from opening them, and/or to get exclusive access to the cards those crates provide.
If you add Automa later you just keep those cards in the advancement deck. Automa never have cards in front of them (at least up until the point I'm at in the campaign). New persona they might collect are added to their charter box, and all other cards they get from opening crates are added to advancement deck discard pile.