IMBA(lanced) character Mailin en Tian Chin (the double traveller/meeple) in the caravans expansion

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steven v
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IMBA(lanced) character Mailin en Tian Chin (the double traveller/meeple) in the caravans expansion

Post by steven v » 06 June 2021, 15:59

I think MP II is a great game and the caravans expansion is not bad either. But after playing with every character, I never managed to beat M & T Chin. And I was never beaten when I played myself with M & T Chin. Scores with M&T C of 180+ are pretty normal if you play well.

The reason is ofcourse that M & T Chin have an advantage in the normal game: they can easily get to 11 trading posts and so get a nice (very important) shield bonus in the end.
In "caravans" M & T Chin also have a big advantage: it is easy to cash caravan routes because either the position of Mailin or Tian are good to complete a route. And more: sometimes you can immediately -without even moving the caravan- cash a route, if both meeples match with the route. This is not ok ;) compared with others characters.

So I suggest that this character should be OUT of the caravans expansion.

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Re: IMBA(lanced) character Mailin en Tian Chin (the double traveller/meeple) in the caravans expansion

Post by jmcl99 » 12 June 2021, 22:01

Are your scores of 180+ with the Chins in the base game or only in the expansion? In the base game I think the Chins are OK but not worldbeating and regularly getting 180 with them (or any character) would be pretty good. I believe the expansion has higher scores for all characters (from cashing in caravans) but I've not played it enough to know if what you say about the Chins there is right.

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Re: IMBA(lanced) character Mailin en Tian Chin (the double traveller/meeple) in the caravans expansion

Post by Phoxtrot » 13 June 2021, 13:13

It's clearly an expansion problem.
Note that characters without the expansion aren't very well balanced either (but the balance is different than with the expansion).

It would be nice to balance them. Changing their powers is probably too tricky but an option to VP bid somewhat akin to what you can do in Terra Mystica would be nice.

I wouldn't do it exactly like in TM though, I would simply get a random pick of N+1 characters and then have players bid on them with VP.
The actual working of the bidding is relatively simple:

Players bid in turn order (or reverse turn order).
When it is your turn to bid, you can bid any amount of VP (including 0) on a character with no bid on it or you can overbid on one of the characters that already has a bid. When doing so, put a token of your color on the character.
If you overbid on a character, the previous bid and token is returned to the previous bidder.
As long as your last bid is still standing, your turn is automatically passed.
Once all the players have a bid on a character, the bidding ends.

Because picking last was a way to reduce the advantage of playing first, some other mean of helping players down the starting order would be welcome. It might be a simple as giving an extra gold to the second player and a pick of one gold or camel to 3rd and a jade to the 4th player.

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