Screw it, new thread. I figure I'll be chatting about this game quite a bit, and I don't want to take over the iOS Games Thread.
For those just joining us: the game is $7, it's universal, it's excellent other than a couple minor interface quirks. (I barely notice them after 10 games.) There are a lot of options for solo play, or against the AI, or multiplayer. I mentioned in the other thread that it includes a Solo Series "campaign" where you play a series of solo games without AI where you must reach a higher score threshold each game, but you get to carry an occupation card (like a bonus or head start) with you each time.
I haven't even made it past solo play yet. I like the puzzle aspect of it, and it helps me learn the flow of the game without other players getting in the way. I started the Solo Series and I'm on my 6th game. It's so satisfying to build up a super powerful farm thanks to the occupation cards. But I'm starting to realize that to play this indefinitely, you need to be lucky enough to draw good occupation cards each time.
I almost blew it in my last game because I thought I'd check out the Master Builder to construct a 6 room house and get my 5th family member early. But with the head start you get from the carryover occupation cards, points are more valuable than actions. I didn't have enough wood and room to build my usual pastures, stables, and fields. Since I got the Lord of the Manor card (in the first game!) I get a bonus point if I max out those things. The extra rooms in my stone house weren't enough to make up for it.
Anyway, I'm just about ready for a casual multiplayer game. You don't need to be a newbie, but I'd prefer not to play any hardcore veterans of the boardgame. GC name is tooler975.
Does anyone know the ideal start for a solo game? I usually do 3 plows, 3 grains, sow them all, and grab 4 fish before the harvest, where I consume 2 grains inefficiently. I feel like I need to get ahead of the curve on planting grain because you only get two cycles through the field before the game ends, and I always shoot for 8+ grain for the 4 points. Google wasn't much help, other than this thread about a 123 point game using hand-selected occupation cards and carefully calcaulated moves. Cute.