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Subject: Field crops on lowest value card in market rss

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Simon Trimby
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Where the rules say to place a value 1 field crop, I take it they mean a herb card, not a field card?

The rules seem to suggest this is done every turn, or is it just at the start? As herb/field cards are part of your three-card allowance, this free card will rapidly become worthless won't it?

It also occurs to me that in a six player game there won't be any spare herb cards to place out anyway.

As usual, am I missing something?

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Simon
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Joe Pastuzyn
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Herb cards are used as starters for the players in the game -- dealt randomly to determine initial turn order for the first auction. If there are fewer than 6 players in the game, the unused herb cards are returned to the box and not put up for auction.

At the end of an auction a green wheat stalk is placed on the lowest numbered technology card in the auction. It remains there until the next auction. If, during that auction, someone buys the technology card, they get to keep the extra food as a bonus. If no one buys the lowest numbered card with the food on it, that card is removed from the first row of the auction (returned to the box) and you follow the normal replacement rules. If a lower numbered card happens to come up during the auction phase, it is put to the left of the food enhanced tech card and the extra food is removed and returned to the fields. The "bonus" is now lost for this round.

Sounds like you're confusing herb cards with field cards. They are different.
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Henning Kröpke
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I don't know about "as usual", but this time you miss something

Each turn in phase 1 you place a "value 1 field crop" (green wooden token) on the lowest technology card in the market. This is a discount for the lowest card, so you might want to buy it to get the discount.

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Henning
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Simon Trimby
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Deep Silver wrote:


Sounds like you're confusing herb cards with field cards. They are different.


That's exactly what I was doing!

Thankyou Joe & Henning.
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Russ Williams
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Deep Silver wrote:
At the end of an auction a green wheat stalk is placed on the lowest numbered technology card in the auction. It remains there until the next auction.

The rules I have say that the crop is placed on the lowest numbered card at the START of the auction phase.

Your way is mostly equivalent I think, except e.g. if the Shuffle card comes out and causes the lowest card to disappear: then in the next auction there would not be a card with a crop even though there's supposed to be.
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