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Spencer Miller
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Aside from being really cool to look at, of course. I don't really see their purpose in the game. I thought they might allow you to hand off treasure or something if you're about to drown, but that is a game ending condition anyway.
 
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Rob Robinson
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They're used to show which Treasures have been achieved during the course of play.
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Brook Gentlestream
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And they look great in picture reviews.
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Lee Fisher
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Even better if you have two sets!
 
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Rob Rob
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Really fancy markers.
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spencewah wrote:
Aside from being really cool to look at, of course.


What? You need more than this?
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James Bjork

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What I don't understand is why you put a figurine on the board at the start of the game, if there are TWO eligible locations for the treasure (if I understand the rules correctly).

Am I getting it right, that the actual location of where you choose to put down the figuring among its two eligible locations has no practical game effect? (it's just for looks?)

 
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Brook Gentlestream
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The rules say you place the figurine around the island, not on the island, or any particular island tiles. Just put them off to the side somewhere until they are claimed.
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James Bjork

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Right. I guess when I read it the first time, I inferred the colloquial meaning. When I hear someone claim to have misplaced something "around the house" or do some work "around the house" I take to still mean IN the house. The literal interpretation makes sense now!

I think to make it more visually appealing to my kids, I still may put them each on one of the two eligible tiles, and explain they could nab it on the other one as well.
 
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spencewah wrote:
Aside from being really cool to look at, of course. I don't really see their purpose in the game. I thought they might allow you to hand off treasure or something if you're about to drown, but that is a game ending condition anyway.

To inspire younger kids to want to play.
Although they can become obsessed by one particular treasure they want to claim rather than what they have most cards in.
But I guess that's all part of learning to play as a team, and being a parent.
 
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James Morrison
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We like to put a figurine on the appropriate card after the other corresponding treasure card has been sunk, as a visual reminder of the importance of not letting that second card be sunken as well. Clutters the board a bit, and can slow down the flipping of a tile when it gets flooded, but what the heck since it does add a little 'race for the prize' edge to the game.
 
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Arrange them correctly during a lunar eclipse and you'll find out....
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The variation that is listed in http://boardgamegeek.com/thread/697374/heavy-treasure is really very good and uses the treasure thematically and adds a really good system of actually carrying the treasure with your piece, this being of a heavy nature, limits your movement by 1 for each piece. Now this forces you to store the treasure in a safe haven,(a tile) whilst you carry another one, cause too many will make moving impossible. imagine carrying 3 pieces. Anyone can then pick up the treasure, and this does add a really good mechanic and strategy to an already great game. It also makes things a little bit harder as well.
Oh no!! That tile where my treasure is has just been flooded, if that goes under, we are done for!!.
 
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Great !! A variant to make the game even harder than it is. I find losing every game hard enough. soblue
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I will take cool chrome over cardboard any time.
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