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Subject: Tile placement rss

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Joao Ferreira
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Hello guys.

Need some help regarding tile placement. In the most common event of drawing a tile that fits more than one place what rule applies? Of course that field will match another field, city another city and so on. But if that tile can be placed in a place that connects three borders, e.g. field, field and city and can also be placed somewhere else that only connects 2 borders, e.g. field and city, is it mandatory to place it in the position that connects the most possible borders? Uge discussions came up in my playing party due to this issue because most of the times your scoring would benefit from placing the tile in a place where less borders connect rather than in the place where the most borders connect. The latter option usually benefits other player(s).

Thank you for your help.

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Joao Ferreira
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Andy Cassola
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You may place your tile wherever you like,
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Thomas Tholén
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Wherever you like, as long as at least one side connects to another tile. In the extremely rare case that it's not possible to put your tile anywhere in the board, discard it and take a new one.
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Manuel Pombeiro
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You place it where you want. As long as it connects smoothly where you're laying it, there's nothing on the rulebook that forces you select a place instead of other. When the turn comes about, it's the other player's time to select to his advantage and so on.
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Joao Ferreira
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Thank you al for your prompt replies.

If you can lay a tile wherever you like, as long as it connects smoothly with a previous layed tile then what is the purpose of showing your tile to the rest of the players so that they can advise on the best laying position?

Any thoughts on this issue?

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Mark Biggar
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pangyao wrote:

If you can lay a tile wherever you like, as long as it connects smoothly with a previous layed tile then what is the purpose of showing your tile to the rest of the players so that they can advise on the best laying position?


It's a joke. Just like the joke in the Transamerica rule that say you get some time after you draw your cards to grouse about how loosy they are. They're going to make suggestions anyway, but your free to ignore them. Note that an unplayable tile is only unplayable if everyone agrees that it is.
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Chris Sjoholm
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pangyao wrote:

If you can lay a tile wherever you like, as long as it connects smoothly with a previous layed tile then what is the purpose of showing your tile to the rest of the players so that they can advise on the best laying position?


To give people a chance to influence your move. It gives you a chance to persuade the current player to put his tile over there where he can get into Tim's city rather than putting a farmer over here and stealing your meadow away...

-- Chris
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Philip Thomas
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What they said- note that in variants where you have a hand of tiles this means you should show them the tile you are going to play, if only for a few seconds before playing it.
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Andrew Ohst
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I aggree with Mark it was meant as a joke. The rules have the word "best" in quotes. Best for who? But I have found it usefull to point out to the person placing the tile that if they play it just so they can really make it hard for another player (not me of course) to finish a city or block off a field. I'm nice that way...devil
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Pete Martin
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I like the rule of showing your tile before placing it as it allows for more interaction between the players in the form of negotations, not that every tile is fought and bargained for.

As for tile placement, the rules don't say anything about having to place it where it has the most "connections". You can place it where ever you have a match.
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