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Ilan Tadmor
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I've played London six times with different folks and like it a lot. One observation I had was that who ever got the East India Company card on the initial draw won. Has anyone else noticed the same thing? Is the game "broken" or is there another explanation to this situation? Has anyone considered playing without this card?

 
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Dan Schaeffer
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EIC can give a big money boost early in the game, but it's one-and-done (absent hospitals and Whitehall -- I did play one game where I got to play EIC four times in all). But I've not seen evidence that it's a game-breaker. I don't think your sample size is sufficient, and you obviously haven't examined what else those players have done to win their games. At best, you've established a correlation, but not causation.
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Steve Duff
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It's 8 bucks gained, vs 5 from Covent Gardens and a bunch of other early cards. And you have to have 4 bucks in hand and a card to get it to work, at a time when money is short (or take a loan costing you money down the road).

A once a game instance of getting 3 bucks is broken? I don't think so.
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Ilan Tadmor
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Make that now 7 for 7. How many games would be a large enough sample?
 
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ITadmor wrote:
Make that now 7 for 7. How many games would be a large enough sample?

I've played twice since you've posted this and both times the person who played EIC lost. How many players are you playing with and what are your typical scores?
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Jason Reid
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ITadmor wrote:
Make that now 7 for 7. How many games would be a large enough sample?


Sampling needs to be random to whittle away the possibility of some systemic bias screwing up the results. No number of games played by you is going to be enough to statistically declare the game to be objectively broken.
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Tadeu Zubaran
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I think it is a problem of independent measures more than sample size. Group thinking may be a factor.

ITadmor wrote:
Make that now 7 for 7. How many games would be a large enough sample?
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