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Rich S
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In the bidding phase, can you bid more mutation points than you have to make your score go negative?
 
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Matthew Goddard
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I think you can only bid with points that you have.
 
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Luca Iennaco
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We play that you cannot bid more points than you have. I don't remember if it is clearly stated in the rulebook or not, but I suspect so.
 
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Philip Thomas
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We play that too, otherwise it gets silly. I mean it gets silly enough when someone bids all his points in the last round cos he reckons he can't win. But if he could bid more still...

Of course, there is also bidding negative- "I bid -2 for the Fur Gene"...but this too is illegal.
 
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I have recently started playing our games with a starting score of 3 (which automatically goes up to 5 in the first turn).

Scenario.
An egg appears in the first round for bidding.
Using the normal rules the first player will probably bid 2 to get it - but no one can take it now and that player has an advantage from then on. And at a cheap price.

With more points at stake at the start, players can bid more heavily in the first round. The early rounds are important to getting a good head start or getting good mutations, as they might never appear later in the game.
 
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Luca Iennaco
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grelb wrote:
I have recently started playing our games with a starting score of 3 (which automatically goes up to 5 in the first turn).

Scenario.
An egg appears in the first round for bidding.
Using the normal rules the first player will probably bid 2 to get it - but no one can take it now and that player has an advantage from then on. And at a cheap price.

With more points at stake at the start, players can bid more heavily in the first round. The early rounds are important to getting a good head start or getting good mutations, as they might never appear later in the game.


Uh?
The game begins with everyone at 10 points (going to 12 in the first "Phase V").
 
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Dana More
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Uh?
The game begins with everyone at 10 points (going to 12 in the first "Phase V").


I just played this for the first time two nights ago, and we missed this rule as well!
 
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themore5@earthlink wrote:
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Uh?
The game begins with everyone at 10 points (going to 12 in the first "Phase V").


I just played this for the first time two nights ago, and we missed this rule as well!


Doh! blush

Well you learn something new every day.
We've played it about 10 times since we bought it a week ago, but we missed this rule the first time and no one has since re-read the rulebook.
We'd better go back an reread all of the rules in case we've missed anything else out.

Thanks for the heads-up.
 
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