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Bryan Thunkd
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In the basic game, with the normal layout (not atol), how do you lay out your tiles? Where do you try to fit your 3 length verticals and horizontals? Do you try to get a four length? Where do you put singletons? What spaces/configurations do you leave till last?
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Andy Andersen
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No plan. It plays differently every game so it is very unpredictable.
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Mark M
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Definitely try to get a horizontal on the bottom line using the extra slot to the right. Therefore will usually do a vertical on the far left side and then work to fill in the rest however it works out. Could do a vertical on far right as well under same concept, but I just tend for the left to keep things cleaner. I do pretty well on Yucata with it, but sure there are better ideas out there.
 
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Orangemoose wrote:
No plan. It plays differently every game so it is very unpredictable.


Of course, but surely you have a standard position if you get a horizontal middle segment with a hut and three trees for your first piece. Or do you just randomly choose a spot.
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Thunkd wrote:
Orangemoose wrote:
No plan. It plays differently every game so it is very unpredictable.


Of course, but surely you have a standard position if you get a horizontal middle segment with a hut and three trees for your first piece. Or do you just randomly choose a spot.


OK - I would likely put that in the first, second or third row from top, one (or possibly 2) spaces on from left.

My answer just may be too vague to help, but it's all I got...
 
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Thunkd wrote:
Do you try to get a four length?

14 middle pieces in a population of 97; that's less than 15 %. Also, not all pieces will come out - especially with fewer players. Plus I know I'll have to share some middles with those other players.

Although it has indeed happened, most of the time my personality is far too conservative to put much hope into a 4-piece campaign.

 
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TVis wrote:
14 middle pieces in a population of 97; that's less than 15 %. Also, not all pieces will come out - especially with fewer players. Plus I know I'll have to share some middles with those other players.

Although it has indeed happened, most of the time my personality is far too conservative to put much hope into a 4-piece campaign.


Good point.

On a related question, do you ever build both ends of an island leaving a spot for a middle tile? Or is that just pure foolishness? Does the presence of one, or more, middle tiles on the board make it more likely?
 
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I like to start with a middle piece if possible. If it's vertical, I'll probably put it on the left side; if horizontal, along the top or bottom. Otherwise, I tend to just let it evolve according to what tiles are available. Too much planning can be fatal in this game; you need to be flexible IMO.

I might go for a 4-piece island if I had an end and a middle on my board, and another middle was available. But I wouldn't try too hard for it -- too much chance of not being able to finish it. But if there were several potential end pieces available, it might well be worth the risk.

I would never place both ends of an island before the middle (unless I had the middle tile in storage) -- I think that's just asking for trouble!
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