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Pat Wilz
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I got in my first play of the new version of Automobile last Saturday. I like the game.

Durant's role power seems to be exceptionally weak, especially when compared to Ford. In essence, their special abilities are the same, except that Durant's factory will always be built before Ford's factory, as well as any others. However, Ford's factory can be built before any other players' factories except for Durant, and Ford's position as first on the turn track seems to be a terrific advantage for other aspects of the game.

Is there something deeper here that I'm missing? Ford power and position seem to be more powerful than any of the other roles, and Durant seems to be the weakest.
 
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Don't forget that Durant is built out of order, pre-action phase, and it doesn't require an action. It's perhaps not the best option on round 1 (other than to put up a quick factory that you'll likely to close before too long), but it can be used to snipe a luxury spot on rounds 2 and later, and definitely has its uses throughout.

That said, being able to max out a factory space or drop that parts factory with Ford is terribly useful. Going first in the action order is a mixed bag (others should be able to build factories past yours, making it hard to avoid loss cubes with your Ford-action builds). The imbalance is there, certainly, but you have to decide during the Executive Actions phase how important it is for you to get first choice in the Select Character phase next turn...

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Durant gets to place a factory before Ford. Sometimes that makes all the difference.

Also, in the first round, Durant can get factories on two different types of cars. Ford can't.
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I'll also mention the obvious, Ford only lets you build in a spot you already have, whereas Durant only gets you a new spot.
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UnknownParkerBrother wrote:
I'll also mention the obvious, Ford only lets you build in a spot you already have, whereas Durant gets you a new spot.


Ah! We may have been doing that incorrectly. Thanks to everyone.
 
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pwilz wrote:
UnknownParkerBrother wrote:
I'll also mention the obvious, Ford only lets you build in a spot you already have, whereas Durant gets you a new spot.


Ah! We may have been doing that incorrectly. Thanks to everyone.


That sneaky Les.

By the way Pat that idoitic game of Mag Blast lasted another hour after you left. It had to be the longest game of Mag Blast ever.
 
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