Is 183 VP Score normal for Marco Polo 2 or is there a Gantulga Od Problem?

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Calmon70
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Is 183 VP Score normal for Marco Polo 2 or is there a Gantulga Od Problem?

Post by Calmon70 » 24 September 2020, 13:13

Just curious if this is normal:

https://imgur.com/a/tKRO8eX

OneTomato
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Re: Is 183 VP Score normal for Marco Polo 2 or is there a Gantulga Od Problem?

Post by OneTomato » 16 November 2020, 20:39

I have only played MP II a couple of times (but MP I somewhere in the teens), both with 4 players, and the winning scores were <120, even though in one game a player managed to score 43 points for shields.
I suspect that Gantulga Od (GO) is one of those characters that you can't beat just by playing more efficiently than him yourself. You have to target him explicitly, and encourage the other players to do so as well. By 'target him', I mean you have to get to the cities first so that he doesn't collect the bonus tiles; and you have to deny him access to the 'free move' opportunities on contracts and city cards; you should probably also collect resources rather than camels with your early dice, to make them more expensive for GO (he will not be as interested in camels as other characters are).
The problem is that if there is only one player who is doing all those things, then the other non-GO players will have an easy life and one of them is more likely to win - if GO doesn't - than the self-sacrificing player.
It's that prisoners' dilemma again. There are similar problems in a lot of other games (eg. try beating the cowboy strategy in GWT if no-one is blocking the trail with buildings) so you just have to avoid them if you don't think your group is ruthless enough.

Steve Cox

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