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Subject: Can a player live by influence alone? rss

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Kris Rhodes
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Without gold, the two ways to get IP are:

--Building the cathedral
--Combatting events

(and, without gold, these two are harder to accomplish as your potential pool of dice is smaller.)

How far can a person get focussing on these two activities? Can a person win the game without actively doing things to increase income? (Of course there's income every round and income if his dice are bought.) Or does it depend on the cards on the board? Or is it impossible?

I imagine a person focussing on the cathedral can feel certain to net about fifteen or sixteen points that way. (Counting the first on each row as three points.) If opponents really let him just take the whole thing, it's worth 24 points. And 12-16 IP.

Events, it seems, net about three points on average, more if you're able to take every cube on an event. (But that's harder, so you net fewer events, so perhaps on average it works out to the same total number of VP earned.) There are two events drawn per round, so in a two player game there are eight. If you got every event, every cube, that'd be (about?) forty points. But of course that will never happen. If you got two thirds of the events, majority cubes, that'd be (about?) twenty points. This can be thought of as being higher by 4 to 6 points for each extra player in the game. (Estimate based on winning the majority of cubes on the two additional event cards per round per extra player.)

So for two, three or four player games I'm estimating you can get maybe 36, 41, 46 points respectively.

These don't seem like high scores--so does that mean actively seeking money is absolutely necessary? Or is my "analysis" (such as it is) too vague and inaccurate?
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Just a quick note, remember that for every row you take at the cathedral, that is -2 points for every other player that isn't in the row. So it helps create a further gap in score.

The endgame hidden goal cards will also influence the winner, and having the card out that awards the cathedral and events will add more points, although it will be tough to be the only person to accomplish those, especially since at least one other player will have that goal if they are both out and will try to get some points that way.

The last thing to consider is that events can mess up plans, such as the ones that add or remove cubes from other events and cathedral spaces.
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Even if neither Thibault II nor Le Florentin is in play, and even if you think you can cobble together a good score without using activity cards, you need money to buy dice. That doesn't mean always find an activity card that gives money (far from it), but no, you can't expect win Troyes against competent opposition despite being cash-strapped all the time.
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