Seth Cohen (sethcohen) wrote,
Seth Cohen

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This one's for Glen


Last night we were playing Parthenon. If you haven't played it, it's a resource management game based in the Aegean Sea. But enough about that - it's good, and you should try it if you get the chance. I did want to hear your opinion on our last game last night.

Parthenon is played over three "years", each with four "seasons". Every time a new season starts, an event card is played. There's six event cards for each year - three good and three bad. The cards are randomized and two are discarded; four are played each year, one per season.

Our last game, last night was statistically lousy: played, in order, were the three bad cards, and then one good card. The odds on that are pretty low, yes? It gets worse: the cards have rankings (+3, +2, +1, -1, -2, -3, effectively). The beginning card of each year (which lasts all year) was the worst of the six cards. The "good" card played each year was usually useless by the time it was played. I don't remember if all three years were all as bad to be played in the worst order: -3, -2, -1, 1. It sure seemed that way. What are the odds?
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