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Subject: Draw 8 cards at start of Rail era. rss

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The rules do not tell the players to draw 8 cards at the start of the rail era but you should.
Do not draw an extra card for your draw pile. The rules also don't tell the players this.

This was brought up in the Lancashire forum and since it is the same in the Birmingham rules, I wanted to make sure people new to the system know.

This is for the current version of the PDF rules, 7/26. I have not seen the print copy yet.
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SPBTooL wrote:
The rules do not tell the players to draw 8 cards at the start of the rail era but you should.
Do not draw an extra card for your draw pile. The rules also don't tell the players this.

This was brought up in the Lancashire forum and since it is the same in the Birmingham rules, I wanted to make sure people new to the system know.

This is for the current version of the PDF rules, 7/26. I have not seen the print copy yet.


It is the same in the printed rules. The problem has been acknowledged and I gather will be corrected in future versions.
 
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Ouuuuf that’s a massive oversight. I have to say, looking at the rulebooks now, they’re fine for people needing a refresher, but I can’t believe they playtested with anyone learning from these rulebooks. The information is so cluttered.
 
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I will be a first time Brass player and have read the rules in anticipation of receiving my KS copy. I was very impressed with the layout and was able to digest the information to my satisfaction.

This was a major oversight, however - thanks for pointing it out!
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h00sha wrote:
I will be a first time Brass player and have read the rules in anticipation of receiving my KS copy. I was very impressed with the layout and was able to digest the information to my satisfaction.

This was a major oversight, however - thanks for pointing it out!


It's easy to say that before playing. I read read many rule books where I felt confident to play the game, right up until I sat at the table.

I'm curious how clear you'll find it once you set up at the table to play.
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I went from rules (without owning the game) to playing (someone's copy at an FLGS, original version) and it wasn't bad. I did read the rules thoroughly and not just a once over. I still missed a couple of minor things but nothing major.

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philcampeau wrote:
It's easy to say that before playing. I read read many rule books where I felt confident to play the game, right up until I sat at the table.


I think it all depends on your learning style. I learn very well from reading and past experience tells me that if I can visualize the game from the rulebook, playing in real life will not offer too many surprises.

(There has only been one exception to this general rule of mine - Napoleon's Triumph. I'd done my homework, loved the writing style of the rulebook, and was ready to play. Then the host explained the game and I couldn't believe how some of the concepts that I thought I understood opened up like the heavens.
Then we started to play! It was as if the words of the host had been a dry eulogy that had been set to music.... a song that made me realize how little I'd really known.)

I am looking forward to playing Birmingham and am excited to see how it comes to life. But, I don't expect too many surprises - only the slow and satisfying reveal of new strategies that comes with repeated play.
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SPBTooL wrote:
The rules do not tell the players to draw 8 cards at the start of the rail era but you should.
Do not draw an extra card for your draw pile. The rules also don't tell the players this.

This was brought up in the Lancashire forum and since it is the same in the Birmingham rules, I wanted to make sure people new to the system know.

This is for the current version of the PDF rules, 7/26. I have not seen the print copy yet.


Thanks for this - I don't remember seeing this in the rules and we played it wrong, we somehow had an incorrect number of cards towards the end of the game and I was pretty confused how this could have happened. Counted the cards afterward and none were missing, now I know :-)
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