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CW Lumm
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I was thinking about it in the shower this morning, and it occurred to me that as far as I know, there aren't any cards that give a bonus for taking the Start Player space.

Why is this? Is it because Herr Rosenberg, in his wisdom, didn't want to give players an incentive to take it turn after turn? (And why would you want to deter this - isn't it usually a losing strategy?)
 
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Derry Salewski
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kamchatka wrote:
I was thinking about it in the shower this morning, and it occurred to me that as far as I know, there aren't any cards that give a bonus for taking the Start Player space.

Why is this? Is it because Herr Rosenberg, in his wisdom, didn't want to give players an incentive to take it turn after turn? (And why would you want to deter this - isn't it usually a losing strategy?)


Probably not a losing strategy if it gave you free wood or sheep or something!
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There are Merchant, Traveling Salesman and Businessman. Only the Businessman is tied specifically to Starting Player but all of them enhance the Minor Improvement part of the space. You could argue that early on all Minor Improvements give a bonus to Starting Player because it's the only way to play them early.

And yes, it is likely that there are very few cards tied to that space because it will have a dangerous effect on game flow. If Starting Player turns into the most valuable space for some player, there is nothing stopping them from taking it first action every round. This will most likely utterly destroy the player sitting before them as they will get blocked from the best actions for all game long. Starting Player is good enough as is, there is certainly no need to make the spot any better.

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Yes, it's already a powerful space, no need to make it crazy.
 
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Agreed that it's already powerful enough. The bonus is in being allowed to play a Minor Improvement, in addition to having first choice next turn. If that first choice is tied directly to the MI the player just laid down, the bonus is basically doubled.

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Frederic Bush
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kamchatka wrote:
I was thinking about it in the shower this morning, and it occurred to me that as far as I know, there aren't any cards that give a bonus for taking the Start Player space.

Why is this? Is it because Herr Rosenberg, in his wisdom, didn't want to give players an incentive to take it turn after turn? (And why would you want to deter this - isn't it usually a losing strategy?)


It would make it practically impossible for the player to the Start Player's left to win, and very easy for the player to his right.

Besides the cards already mentioned, Foreman is very powerful when you spam Start Player.
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In family version it provides food each round (with an arrow). And rarely does the first player grab it unless there's 2 or more food or not their first action that round. The power/reward of Start Player is starting the next round.
 
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