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    Level 7: Distinguished Contributor PITMAN212 knows their way around PITMAN212's Avatar
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    so much great stuff here thank you all , my arch nemesis is patience , I lose it often , and lose : ^ )

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    Question, in an escalate game of 10-12, when most people have 4 cards and you are early in the rotation, is it better to take a reinforcement round where you do not attack to get a higher value on your trade in or do you just plow ahead and attack every round to get as many cards as possible? Attack now I get 8 troops (two with 5 cards before me). If I wait there are multiple people behind me with 4 cards that would bump mine up to at least 15-20. Looking for tactical advice.

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    It mostly depends on:

    1) How many players
    2) What round you are in
    3) How many troops you will get now vs next round
    4) What is the overall troop count of each player
    5) How many cards each player has
    6) And.... do you actually have a set now?

    You answered most those questions, except the last one, which I assume is yes, you do have a set now.

    So in your case, just consider this.... If you don't attack, and skip taking a 5th card, take a look at the other players who will cash in their set of reserves before you. Is it possible for one of them to eliminate another player, take their cards, cash in another set, eliminate another player, take their cards, cash in another set... etc.... and run the board before you get a turn?

    If the answer is "probably not", then skip taking a reserve card and wait for the other players to cash in before you.


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    If you can't wrap your head around all the possibilities of a big 10-12 player game, then one quick formula to assess the danger of being wiped out is:

    Look at a player who is about to cash in a set...

    Is the number of reserves for a set (8 currently) plus (the number of troops due for that player) plus (the largest stack of troops that player has) => Greater then the number of troops the weakest player has?

    If yes, watch out, see how far they can go....
    If no, don't worry, skip a card.
    Last edited by NewSheriffInTown; 09-11-2017 at 02:58 PM.

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    Thanks, after I had written it out I came to that conclusion (based on simpler reasoning). Your analysis went a lot deeper than I had been thinking and will help me to take my game to the next level. The parameters you used will help me analyse future battles and situations more in dept.

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    Sheriff is right in general but i took a quick look at that game and i would have taken the fifth card.

    With 4 cards it is more difficult to run the board because players with 3 cards are useless and i would bet that one or more players are going to cash with 3 or 4.
    "Todo es caos bajo las estrellas. La situación es excelente".

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    Thanks Tormenta, each situation is different, and maybe it would have been better to take the card in my specific game. I'll update with more info in later rounds when I can retrospectively look back at this decision and better judge this specific incident. It probably also depends on my other play and overall strategy.

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    Retrospectively in this instance it was better to not take the card. If I had not made some strategic blunders I would have run the table. Thanks for the help, input and comments.

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