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Subject: Why does the share value track go up to 30? rss

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Michael Poplawski
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I'm curious about something, and maybe there's something I've misunderstood about the rules.

The share value track goes as high as 30. However, as far as I can tell through experimenting, the most valuable company that can be built would be in the northwest corner towards Brest for a share value of 23. That's with 31 trains (the other two on the Paris start hex, the other on the scoring track).

Am I missing something?
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I'm not going to count to check whether your 23 is exactly correct, but it is a reasonable number.

I suspect that a graphic designer thought that a score track which went up to exactly 23 would look ugly. It would also preclude minor expansions that tweaked valuations slightly.

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Not sure but I used it effectively as a teaching tool the other day.

There are only 31 trains in play. I gave the example of scoring of considering the extremes to illustrate the goal.

If a train has 30 connections and you have 1 share = 30 pts
If a train has 1 connection and you have 30 shares = 30 pts
If a train has 15 connections and you have 16 shares = 240 pts

Thus, having too many connections is suboptimal and having too many shares is suboptimal. You need to find a balance.
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