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observations on boards

I'm about to embark on my first mammoth solo game (trying to run 4 spirits). I've done most/all the setup for the other games I've played, but have only just noticed the following things:

  • All the setup cities are in coastal lands
  • There is one city in each land type
  • There is one town in each land type
  • All the towns are in inland lands.

The Dahan distribution isn't quite as symmetrical, but it's still pretty cool to have noticed. Kudos!


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More precisely, each board has 3 coastal lands, the city is always in land #2, and the town is placed such that the initial explore will always hit 2 of each terrain per board. Previous board iterations did not have these properties, which could lead to accidentally lopsided games (either too easy or too hard) based on the card draw.

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I'd noticed the part about city in land #2 and the town placed so that everything will always be hit on the initial explore, as well - those were a little more obvious.

The part about each terrain type having both a city and a town when all 4 tiles are in play is a little more subtle, along with the other observation I accidentally omitted from my original post about each type of terrain being blighted exactly once.

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*nod*

And on any given board, the City, Town, and Blight are always in different terrain types, to temper Invader Deck-based swinginess in 1-3 player games.

The Dahan distribution would have some 4-board terrain symmetries (in addition to on-each-board numeric / terrain / coastal-vs-inland ones) if one of the Dahan in d7 were in d5 instead. I can't recall whether that was a deliberate change, or if it was an oversight.

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Once I noticed the City/Town/Blight symmetries, I looked for it with the Dahan, too, and noticed it was missing. I wondered whether that was an oversight or not.

(By the way - Jon Hall lives in my town, and I've introduced both him and two of his kids to the game this week. He says hi.)

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Thinking about the boards, I wonder if there is any plan in the future to add a Board E and F.

 

The Canonical playmat has six different lands, and symbols which are supposed to appear with a later expansion. So, is the plan to eventually release two additional boards so you can actually build the canonical map seen on the play mat?

 

 

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Chaosmancer wrote:

Thinking about the boards, I wonder if there is any plan in the future to add a Board E and F. 

The Canonical playmat has six different lands, and symbols which are supposed to appear with a later expansion. So, is the plan to eventually release two additional boards so you can actually build the canonical map seen on the play mat?  

That depends.


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I know I noticed the lack of symmetry with the Dahan during playtesting. (As a mathematician, symmetry in one of the first things I look for...) I remember Eric did have a good answer, but I forget what it was.