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Eric Schiedler
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Assyria is the victim of Barbarian Hordes but there are other players' units between the barbarians and the primary victim's starting spaces.

The barbarians start in Nalchik as chosen by the other player.

But Asia has 1 unit in Cappadoccia and Babylon has 3 units in Assyria. Both spaces are equidistant from Assyria the primary victim, who has units in Van.

Do the barbarians attack Cappadoccia or do more damage to Babylon in Assyria? Or does the player directing the barbarians get to decide?
 
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Eric Schiedler
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My interpreation is that the barbarians make the most damage to the primary victim but nothing is said of most damage to all players so it is up to the controlling player.

Other rules for other calamities require the most damage to secondary victims.

But as written, the rules for Barbarian Hordes seem to allow the controlling player to choose between more or less damage to other nation's units in the way as other nations are not considered "secondary victims" that must suffer maximum damage.
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Jennifer Schlickbernd
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eschiedler wrote:
My interpreation is that the barbarians make the most damage to the primary victim but nothing is said of most damage to all players so it is up to the controlling player.

Other rules for other calamities require the most damage to secondary victims.

But as written, the rules for Barbarian Hordes seem to allow the controlling player to choose between more or less damage to other nation's units in the way as other nations are not considered "secondary victims" that must suffer maximum damage.


That was the intent. As long as the primary rule is followed the secondary fallout is not considered in the rules.

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It could be argued that since the horde takes damage from fighting secondary victims it should take the least damage there in order for more of the horde to survive to attack the primary victim. In this case it would seem that the horde should attack Asia rather than Babylon in order to have more survivors ready to attack the Assyrians. But this requires the horde to think ahead, and I'm not sure that it does so.
 
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