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Marco Prati
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Is the discard pile public ?
In particular a player can check what cards have been discarded ?
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Samuel Hinz
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Don't see why not. I don't think it's mentioned in the rules at all.

So unless your happy for whoever has the better memory to have the advantage the. Yeah let the discard pile be open.

Side note : in the online implementation it marks off cards that have been used.
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Edward Kendrick
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In the WBC tournament we require discards to be made face up. I haven't had to make a ruling about players searching through the discard pile yet. My feeling is that would be going a bit too far and would slow the game down - but I acknowledge the argument that this favours players with better memories. On the other hand memory of cards played or discarded is an important feature in many card games.

While we're here, we also have players' money open at all times.
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Ægir Æxx
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We play it as hidden. When discarding for a develop, sell cotton, loan or link action you do not have to show what card has been chosen, but only that there was a card used.

So no, you can not look through the discard pile IMO.
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Laurence Parsons
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We always play discard face up, but I've never played a game where someone has wanted to look through the pile. I think I'd object if someone tried to.
Also remember that some cards are removed from the game.
 
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Edward Kendrick
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The reasoning behind the visibility of cards played is that the rules do not distinguish between cards played and cards discarded - even when the card is not relevant to the action (eg shipping cotton or developing) it is still "played", not "discarded":

The type of card you play only has an effect on your options if you choose to Build Industry.

For what it's worth, I ran the tournament clarifications past Martin Wallace and he was happy with them. Of course people can use a house rule about visibility of cards played if they prefer it.
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Daniel Corban
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I tend to favor hidden information in my games, but I cannot imagine having hidden card plays. These are not just "discards". They are actual card plays. Imagine playing something like Combat Commander with hidden cards. It's absurd.
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Ægir Æxx
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Discarding cards face up favors the aspergers-ish too much as the other people will not be able to remember what cards have been played.

I would have to go all clearclaw and bring my pad and pen to game nights just to equal the playing field. Then who would seem to have aspergers... just saying.
 
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