Tor Sverre Lund
I have just tried playing Note Dame for the first time, and one player had the number of rats reach ten, so we did the penalty as stated. At the beginning of next turn, does thenumber of rats stay at nine, therby meaning that he gets the penalty every turn or does it start again from zero? The rules imply staying at nine, but this would be a crippling penalty.
Yes and no. The marker stops at nine, but that doesn't mean you get the penalty. You only get it when you go OVER 9. So staying at nine is perfectly ok. With a low rat value and a couple of cubes in the hospital you could be just fine.