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Subject: Do you play with your gold hidden or visible and easily countable? rss

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David C
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Chips out and countable, or hidden?
The chips are out, but we don't make it exactly "easy" for the opponent to count.
The chips are out and easily stacked so we can show off our bling.
Completely hidden gold.
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My wife and I play with having our gold in piles of 10 each, so we can kinda see when the game gets close. It keeps the tension up, which is really why people play sports anyway.

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Geeky McGeekface
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I don't remember if the rules cover it one way or the other, but you should absolutely keep your money public. Knowing how close your opponent is to winning can greatly affect the way you play.
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Wally Jones
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The first rule in any game with money is to hide your money.

However, since the win condition in this game is money the other players should know how much you have at all times. Therefore, it should be open to all players.
 
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We have the gold visible and easily counted. There's no point in hiding it because it's not hard to figure out what your opponent has by just subtracting one's gold and the gold in the "bank" from the total possible.

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David C
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lostintheverse wrote:
We have the gold visible and easily counted. There's no point in hiding it because it's not hard to figure out what your opponent has by just subtracting one's gold and the gold in the "bank" from the total possible.

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Teddy


I can imagine how THIS would go over...

(wife takes her turn, you're counting score...)

"Honey, it's your turn"

"Hold on, one second, I'm doing some math here..."
(mumbles about adding the three, carry the one...)

"Oh for cryin' out loud, I have 53 gold, are you happy?! NOW TAKE YOUR TURN!"

"Well, there was that one game, you said you had 57 gold, but you had 47 and you boonswaggled me."

"That was an honest to God math error!"

"You won the game because of that!"

...and scene.
 
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If you want to be really competitive then hide the chips !devil
 
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Sven Teuber
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Quoting the (original) german rules:

"Wichtige Hinweise:

- Das Gold der Spieler muss stets sichtbar ausliegen"

("Important advice:

- The gold of the players must be visible at all times")

Hiding the gold is a house rule I don't see the point in: All you need to do is to remember *one* value and add/substract to that when your opponent takes a turn. It doesn't make the game any "harder". Plus, if you don't keep track of your opponents money pile, there's almost no tension at the end of the game. The best part of the game is the last two or three turns when it boils down to "urgh, I need 2 more gold coins, and fast, before *she* gets them!" You'd totally miss out on those.
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