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Wabash Cannonball set piece: #2

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Given the following situation in a three player game of Wabash Cannonball after the starting auction:

  • Player #1: PRR $20 Cash $20
  • Player #2: B&O $20 Cash $20
  • Player #3: C&O $20 NYC $20 Cash $0

Questions:

  1. Was Player #3 right to force-win that share of the NYC or should he have let it go to another player instead after enforcing a minimum bid level?
  2. What did Player #3’s choice to force-win the NYC share do to his position?
  3. What does each player do for their first action? Is this an easy or automatic decision for each player? Why?
  4. For each player, are they in a good or bad position? What are their primary risks and opportunities? Compare and contrast their positions.
  5. Have any of the players adopted game-length postures yet?
  6. Have any decisions been made which will affect how many General Dividend are likely to be paid in this game? If so, what were they?

Enjoy.

Wabash Cannonball set piece: #1

Note: This article was also posted to Boardgamegeek at Wabash Cannonball set piece: #1

I’d promised a while ago to post a move-by-move analysis of one of our Wabash Cannonball games but for various reasons that hasn’t happened and is unlikely to happen. But there is hope. I had an interesting discussion with Adam Kao last night regarding Wabash Cannonball tactics (the game has been popular at Eudemonia). During the discussion we worked through a few set pieces in order to illuminate some of the points I was making. The first set piece is below. If this proves popular/effective I’ll see about posting other set pieces.

Assume a 4 player game of Wabash Cannonball and that the initial share auction resulted in the following share distribution:

  • Player #1: PRR $15, B&O $15, Cash $0
  • Player #2: Cash $30
  • Player #3: C&O $15, Cash $15
  • Player #4: NYC $16, Cash $14

Questions:

  1. Why did Player #4 spend $16 on the NYC? Is this a good or weak position?
  2. Is Player #2 in a strong or weak position? Does Player #2? control initiative?
  3. What is each of the four player’s posture as regards game length?
  4. What is the first action of each of the four players in the first round of the game? Why?
  5. Do they have any other reasonable choices? Why?
  6. Might any of the players use a Develop action during the first round? If so, why?

Enjoy.