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Subject: Can someone explain this statement to me?? rss

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Jon Pessano
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Each polyp tile in the parrotfish scores one point plus one point for each coral tile which has that colour of coral as the stronger coral. Each polyp will be worth 1 – 5 points. (Base value of 1 and 1 for each of the other 4 types it is stronger than. The total value for one polyp of each colour will always be 15, ten because of the ten coral tiles and five because of the base value)

If a polyp is worth from 1 to 5 pts, what does it mean the total value for one polyp of each color will always be 15???? If it is valued between 1 and 5, how can it be 15??

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Jim Cote
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There are 10 tiles on the open sea board that show all combinations of 2 corals. One one side, one coral can eat the other. On the reverse, the opposite. If one coral can eat another, it is worth an extra point in the final scoring. If, on all 4 tiles on which it appears, it can eat 4 other coral colors, then it's worth 5 points. No matter what configuration these 10 tiles are in, the 5 coral colors are worth 5 (1 point for each) plus 10 (one point for each coral on top), so the total value of 1 of each color coral is 15 points.
 
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Brett Myers
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It is a zero sum accounting:

Each coral begins the game stronger than two other corals, making their polyps worth 1(base) + 2(stronger than 2 others) = 3.

Multiply that by the 5 corals and you get 15.

When a coral becomes stronger than another coral it gains a point; 1(base) + 3(stronger than 3 others, now) = 4, and the weaker coral, necessarily, loses a point; 1(base) + 1(now only stronger than 1 other) = 2.

Each time one gains, another must lose.

The statement, The total value for one polyp of each colour will always be 15, ten because of the ten coral tiles and five because of the base value simply means:

A set of 5 polyp tiles, 1 from each coral, will always be worth 15 points.
 
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Jon Pessano
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Thx

It makes sense now. I was reading it as saying ONE tile was worth 15 pts.

 
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