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Subject: Totally new player here: What's the gate for? rss

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Kris Rhodes
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I just read the rules, I've never played. I can't figure out what function the gate serves. I mean I understand how it works in the rules, I just can't see why you'd go there.

You play on the gate, and then once everyone else has finished placing in that round, you place on an unoccupied space. But why wouldn't you just go in that unoccupied space in the first place instead of placing on the gate?

Clearly I'm missing something!
 
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Chris Rudram
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Rarely (I find) where your best move is dependent on what the next person does. Often with marginal moves near the provost... your not sure if your opponent will move him forward or back just now, so you want to hold fire.
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Andrew
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One common use is to go to the castle last in a 2p game.
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Kris Rhodes
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Okay I can see maybe it could put your opponents in a kind of "zugzwang" situation. I'll have to play a game or two to get a feel for it.
 
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Eric Brosius
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My favorite 18xx game for six players is two games of 1846 with three players each.
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Here's some more thoughts on this topic:

http://boardgamegeek.com/thread/125125/caylus-gate-is-it-use...
 
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Kris Rhodes
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Okay, those two answers you guys have given so far make sense. I think I'm seeing it now.
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Tadeu Zubaran
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It is useful to bully people out of the castle.
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