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Jon Pessano
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All,

Anyone know the answer?

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Thomas Cowart
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No, it's not.
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Never.
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J C Lawrence
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More specifically, money is open in all Winsome games.
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That's more generally!
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clearclaw wrote:
More specifically, money is open in all Winsome games.


I was waiting for the "if it's traceable, money is open" classic-clearclaw line...
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The traceable-open rule is clearclaw's personal rule.

Winsome games' eternally open money is an official rule
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J C Lawrence
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From a game theory perspective there is no difference between hidden and open trackable information (it assumes rational actors). I am interested in the game theory aspects of games and so optimise for that, comfortable that by making HTI open I have not changed the game theory definition of the game and have encouraged rational action as much as I can.
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A lot of publishers feel that adding a memory aspect will make people give up playing optimally and play faster. This is demonstrably true for most players but gives an advantage to the people with better memory, above and beyond skill with the game. Many people don't like that.

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thepackrat wrote:
A lot of publishers feel that adding a memory aspect will make people give up playing optimally and play faster. This is demonstrably true for most players but gives an advantage to the people with better memory, above and beyond skill with the game. Many people don't like that.

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Aside from faster play, many people in my gaming circles also find a minor memory aspect and imperfect information fun. No one I know has ever told me "I would have more fun if I knew how much money everyone had at all times." It also makes it hard to know who is winning and by how much, unless you put extra effort into tracking. A few of my friends and I really don't enjoy watching ourselves lose with nothing we can do about it at that point. One friend will never play Chicago Express again for this reason - either he sees himself winning and just has to not screw up, or he sees himself losing and thinks there is nothing in his power to change that. I also felt a noticeable drop in excitement when I started playing Chicago Express with open money, and it's never returned to hidden money levels. And, to be completely honest, games that look like Chicago Express and German Railways can use all the excitement they can get.

I agree that open money is the designer's intent, and for many players it's more satisfying, but I support the hidden money variant.
 
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