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High Income?

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Posted by Herb Finkel 2009-07-20 15:29:02 GMT

I am still a new player (less than 20 plays, only 12 finished on line). I tend to do better when I plan for high income. This seems obvious. You can do much more when you have enough money, especially if you are not using turns to take loans. However, from what I have read about strategy, the need for high income is not important, with the better players going negative income early to finance their play.Is this a style of play type issue? If I get in with good players, will I fall behind because of planning for income? Or is the correct planning of income something that will come more experience?If this is a popular discussion, I will probably throw some more starters out about different aspects of play.

Posted by Tub This user is a translator. 2009-07-26 12:22:59 GMT

As everything in this game, it depends on circumstances.
In some games I take 1 or 2 loans (even 0 sometimes), in some others I can go as high as 6 or 7 loans.

So, the answer is : you should master both. And mastering is knowing how to use it and when to use it.

Posted by greg909 2009-07-27 00:01:29 GMT


A lot of players are focusing too much on income imho (including me, that said), because they think high incomes will save them loan actions in order to do something else.

Yes. But if the circumstances occurring in the game won't let your income grow very fast to be significant, then you might loose tons of points just playing cheap moves because you don't want to take a loan action and prefer to build a strong income.

So far, in more than 300 games played, I only pulled off 1 game without loans and I had really outstanding circumstances to push me that way.

Loans aren't wasted actions. Loans are powerful. Loans are great. And from what I witnessed, high incomes wins the game less than 50 % of the time.

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