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More Phonecia Openings

Anyway, here’s what happened in my problem:

  • The Overlord opened the Dyer at 2, and player #4 won it for three.
  • The Overlord opened glassmaking at 5, and got it.
  • Player #2 opened a tracker at 3.
  • Your Humble Narrator, sitting at position #3, had a mental seizure and passed instead of bidding 4.

There’s really nothing to be done other than bid four. After I pass, player #2 correctly opened the next tracker at four, and I could swallow my pride (Ha!) and bid five or pass and pray. (I chose P&P, and nearly won, although that involved some luck and some mistakes by player #2 later on).

I think the original overlord should open both trackers and concede them, then take glassmaking at cost. Slightly better than how it worked out. The player(s) later in the turn order have to concede some positional advantages and overpay. But the original post has lots of theory.


Written by taogaming

September 15, 2007 at 1:26 pm

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  1. So, does anyone else want to post an interesting opening set of cards for us to analyze? That was fun!

    By the way, in the previous entry Brian made reference to the “Top 100 Games” series that Stephen Glenn and Mark Jackson ran a couple of years ago. In the comments to that entry, Tom Lehmann spoke about his list and how some games on it had been superceded by prototypes of his that were naturally getting more playing time. Brian and I both expressed our desire for most of those prototypes to be released. Well, just about all those games HAVE been published (or are about to be). They include Phoenicia, Race for the Galaxy, To Court the King, 1846, and 1834. Of the ones discussed, only the Mystery Rummy prototype remains on the sidelines. It’s been a very good couple of years, Tom!

    Larry Levy

    September 17, 2007 at 2:00 pm

  2. I would personally put Race, Phoenicia, and To Court the King in my Top 100 now. (I’d really like to see the TCtK expansion get published …)

    I might post another opening at some point … or others can send it it.


    September 18, 2007 at 12:51 am

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