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Dana Lacoste
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OK, I've only played the robot game three times, but the results went like this:

Game 1 : Robot win, 45-23 (Robot had EE starter)
Game 2 : Robot loss, 23-21 (Robot had NS starter. I mis-played the robot in round 1, changing things dramatically, I think I should have lost this one)
Game 3 : Robot loss, 28-19 (Robot had NS starter)

I've noticed two things:

1 - With NS, the game is won or lost based on "did the robot get a military planet in its draw?" : it's a game of chance on Settle
2 - With any starting card: the game is won on the Robot's "produce" phase. If the robot never produces, its economy never grows, and the robot loses out on significant points during every consume x2/trade.

So, I have a question:

Why would you ever pick produce when playing against the robot? If they pick produce, their economy grows, making their consume deadly, and if they roll a * and you were on produce, then they will produce as well (doubly so for EE starter)

I don't know when I'll get enough time to explore this further, but that was my first reaction. In the end, I think I enjoy playing with people MUCH more than the robot
 
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The robot also increases its economy when it does x2 consume. I've been really screwed early when the robot has done 2x/Produce and then done it again the next turn. So now the robot is at 4VP (8VP on 2x) consumption and we're 3 turns into the game.

I get the feeling that the robot economy track should not advance when the 2x is called but only when produce is called, to balance it out a little. Or perhaps increase the economy during consume but only if the robot has both dice in the consume section (trade and 2x). I dunno.

But all that said, yes, the robot wins and loses largely on the luck of its card draws. I use the solitaire game as a way to spend some time when I'm bored in front of the TV. I played it more earlier on when I was still learning the game and particularly the new expansion cards. Now that I know all the cards quite well (and now that my girlfriend loves race), I rarely play the robot.
 
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