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Arthur Field
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Are VPs public? The rules are silent. Unlike many other Euros that use a scoring track, this one uses secretive blank back cards. That would indicate private VP.

Knowing exactly who has what at every stage will change the game considerably.

 
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Luca Iennaco
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They should be kept secret (that's the reason for the blank side of the cards). However, since they're always taken openly, it is not so hard to keep track of the score of your opponents (and indeed you SHOULD do so if you want to improve your chances of victory!). Thus, feel free to play with hidden VPs or not as your group prefers.
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Michael Webb
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VPs should not be public in this game.

As you stated, the blank backs on the cards and lack of scoring track clearly indicate that this was what was intended.

The reason is clear: the Emperor is frequently put into the position of breaking ties, having perfect knowledge of the VP race would make these decisions nearly automatic, with VPs hidden there are more things to consider.

Additionally, hidden VPs help to alleviate any out and out kingmaker issues that the game would otherwise have.
 
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