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Subject: What is the point of choosing your opponent's starting ingredients rss

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Savino Palumbo
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I don't really understand why you choose start ingredients for your opponents. It almost seems like they should be randomly distributed somehow, because there doesn't seem to be any strategy in choosing them as you don't yet have your recipes. At least if I'm holding some recipes first, I have a LITTLE strategy to work with (I might give them something they are less likely to have based on my recipes, or give them something that will help me later once they put it on the board).

As the rules currently stand though, you draw ingredients for your opponents before you see any game information. This means that the game state is exactly the same when you make this decision, every game. This also means that unless the ingredients are distributed completely evenly throughout the recipes, there is an optimal selection strategy.

Any thoughts?
 
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Giving components randomly would end up being essentially the same as the current rules. But how would you do it? Shuffle up all the tiles?

The logistics of a random mechanic would add a bit of fiddliness to starting the game, so it seems that picking for your opponents is a nice comprimise (that doesn't force you to shuffle up your ingredients.)
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Savino Palumbo
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You could shuffle up one of each tile.
 
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How about each player just draws 3 tiles of their choice on their first turn? This gives a slight advantage to not going first, as you may be able to leach off other players.
 
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But then you have the same problem - what ingredients do you draw when you don't even have a clue what will be on your recipes?
 
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You'll have your recipes by then.
 
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Oh I see. I think that solution is game-breaking though, because you can just get your 5-length and your first three picks will be from that, making things too easy...
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The optimal strategy is to give the player to your left three ingredients, none of which can be used in the same recipe. I believe the player screens show all of the recipes? Without the game in front of me I don't recall if thy show the ingredients for each.
 
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It is tradition to serve the person on your left. Not for strategy.
For theme.
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