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It never fails. I'm the French and I'm looking at a hand with four pelts but no Trader. (I've stared at 5-pelt hands more than I want to admit.)

Okay, I'm expanding too fast and gumming up my hand. But this situation occurs even when I have both Traders in the game.

I can use the Governer to retire some pelt locations or simply stash them into the reserve to slim the deck. I've even tried Reserving the Trader, but it seems to be more trouble than it's worth. The Intendant never seems to follow the Trader the right way, either—and why I need money!

What do other French players do?

[I take it that a French player could NOT, for example, lay down two Traders with three Pelts and earn 12 coins? (Cribbage players will grok the sort of point-coring combo I'm presenting.)]
 
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BradyLS wrote:
What do other French players do?

Don't get another trader
Don't get governor
Don't settle fur locations

Lay siege and buy military. Your money troubles will be over.
 
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out4blood wrote:
BradyLS wrote:
What do other French players do?

Don't get another trader
Don't get governor
Don't settle fur locations

Lay siege and buy military. Your money troubles will be over.


There is truth to this. I played a game last week, where as the French I attacked 1st turn, and tried to keep the siege in the gray as long as possible. Meanwhile, I was trading pelts where I could, while buying a few cards to set my hand up for after the siege was over. I had no real intention of winning the siege, but this seemed to work pretty well for gathering money.
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Najimbe wrote:
out4blood wrote:
BradyLS wrote:
What do other French players do?

Don't get another trader
Don't get governor
Don't settle fur locations

Lay siege and buy military. Your money troubles will be over.


There is truth to this. I played a game last week, where as the French I attacked 1st turn, and tried to keep the siege in the gray as long as possible. Meanwhile, I was trading pelts where I could, while buying a few cards to set my hand up for after the siege was over. I had no real intention of winning the siege, but this seemed to work pretty well for gathering money.


And you have a free infantry.
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A variant I would like to try is that the french player could play pelt cards for 1 gold each for an action...with people doing the HH so much the french could build gold reserves by expanding. The last few games of AFAoS as french I don't expand, its allout defence as location cards clog things when you only have two traders in the deck to wait for.
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If you get attacked its great. You push all your military cards and ship cards into the siege, prolong it, and milk some $8 or more trader actions (with Home Support).

With the new rules, there deck isnt as efficient, so they might not be able to unstoppably crush you (I hope).
 
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