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Subject: Coal Shortage + John Brown's Body rss

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Tom Russell
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We had kind of a funny situation arise in tonight's game, and I thought others might find it amusing as well-- though it wasn't particularly funny for the guy it happened to (that would be your faithful narrator).

On the second Game Turn, someone played Coal Surplus, increasing the base hand to eight seven cards and the number of actions to seven. At the start of the next turn, player 1 played Coal Shortage on player 3; Player 3 chose the Upper South, for which he held a polling card and was hoping to make good.

Player 2 then played John Brown's Body on Player 3, and chose the Upper South as the place where nothing could be added.

So, Player 3 was only allowed to add PCFs to the Upper South, and yet was not allowed to add any PCFs to the Upper South! It was, thanks to that earlier Coal Surplus, a very long Game Turn, with Player 3 either playing events that would not add any cubes to the board, or playing Campaign Actions that placed zero PCFs on the board.

Suffice to say, the next time that player gets hit with Coal Shortage, he's going to choose the Pacific West or Mid-Atlantic!
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Yeah, that's most annoying, and it might be enough to throw you into last position. Had it happened a little bit later, during the last three turns, I'd have spent my personal appearance to clear Coal Shortage, but on turn three it hurts both ways (the effect and losing the appearance).

There are many tricks you can do with Coal Shortage... for example, Lincoln's German Immigrants is most powerful when Douglas is locked outside of Middle West. Or Breckinridge could use both (yeah, there are two of them) to lock anyone else out of the Lower South. Or someone could then play Party Factionalism (remove cubes to lose control of 1/2 your controlled states in a region) on the poor sod (usually Breckinridge in the Lower South or Lincoln in the Northeast) locked in the region he controls.


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On the second Game Turn, someone played Coal Surplus, increasing the base hand to eight cards and the number of actions to seven.

Just to avoid misreads: Coal Surplus increases by one the drawn cards, so Republicans and first in momentum get 8, the others 7 (or 9 7 7 7 if Lincoln leads momentum).
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