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Subject: I had a population of 131 at the end! But I lost?!?! rss

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Steve B
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First, background information:

3 players: E (owner of the game), A (new player), and me.

Goals: Most commercial, Fewest lakes, Fewest public buildings

After explaining the rules to A and going through everything we could, we picked our private goals.

My two goals were Most contiguous public buildings (clearly going against the public goal) and the fewest investment tokens used (I believe it was called Employer). I decided on the latter as it seemed the most interesting and would provide a good challenge.

My strategy simply involved buying every decent commercial building I could come across, while keeping an eye on my reputation as my income was skyrocketing due to all the commercial buildings.

By turn 3 my income was around 8 or 9, but so was every other player's.

E was taking big hits to reputation. (As I suspected, his private goal was to have the lowest reputation.) He was not faring so well in the game as he was not picking up commercial and had a couple public buildings.

Upon looking at A's board, he was not doing well on commercial but his reputation was high as well as his income. His strategy seemed to keep both of those high, but ignore the goals in the center of the table. He had many public buildings. Even though his rep was high, I was keeping up with him by purchasing residential tiles every so often to get big boosts in population from the fast food restaurant and resort tiles I owned. At one point, purchasing a basic Suburbs tile gave me 7 people in total.

I was doing well with money and reaching the goals. I had many, many commercial tiles (ended up with 9 of them) and little public buildings. At one point I had $55 to my name at the end of my turn.

These trends continued until the end of the game, where we all had one lake (so that goal was tossed), but I had most commercial and fewest public buildings (only had the starting park)! My private goal was also met as I played 0 investment tokens and the others had played at least 1.

After it was all added up, including an extra person for every $5, I had 131! Wow! However, in a stunning upset, A ended up with 133 cry

His consistently high reputation and income helped pave the way for him to keep up with big population growth. Because of his low rep and minimal residential growth, E only ended up with around 68 people.

I felt great about how I did, and I believe it was some good luck on available tiles on A's side that helped him win! What a close game.
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Ian M
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The only thing I would want to know is how many commercial tiles did you have compared to the next lower person?

If you were several tiles ahead (9 is a TON of blue, I don't think I've ever seen anyone get 9 of ANY kind of tile actually) then you could have won if you'd skipped one of them for something more rep/pop focused, since blue is so income-focused.

However, 131 is a great score, and it's really rare in my groups for more than one person to be out that far ahead. We hate-draft defensively a lot though.
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I believe the next highest was 5. The issue was a lot of my blue came early, as the majority of A tiles were blue. However the other players picked non-blue a lot early, while I picked blue. There were a couple opportunities for green, but they were snatched up before I could get them.
 
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I played with my brother last night and ended the game at approx 170 Population. Quit moving it after 150 but I was able to do it with the purification plant that gave +7 reputation I invested that and then I had a casino on my board so when I crossed red lines I didn't lose any income. So I just had to focus on keeping my reputation up and ended up with that crazy score after winning both my secret goal and one of the two known goals.
 
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