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Hans Baer
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Welcome to my first challenge for Palm Island!

Challenge runs until the end of summer (Sept. 23rd 2019).

Trouble in Paradise

You've come to this beautiful, tropical island to just relax and forget about work for a few weeks. Unfortunately a recent drought has destroyed most of the island's harvest and people are starving. And if that wasn't enough, the island's volcano is becoming active again.
The villagers have decided that you are the person to take care of these ... inconveniences. They can give you three of their best men and/or women to help you out. Because clearly, if anyone knows how to solve a problem by throwing wood, fish and stones at it, it's you!

Setup:
Replace the two Temples with the "Famine" and "Eruption" disaster cards.
Pick any three villagers and add them to the end of your deck.
Do not use any feat cards.

Rules:
No changes.

Scoring:
Count your score as normal and subtract 10 points for each stage of the disaster cards that is still missing at the end of the game.

Example: The score from cards is 22 but both Famine and Eruption still need one more upgrade to finish then the total score is 22 - 20 = 2 points.

Please report your result with the following template:
Points:
Penalty:
Total:
Villagers used:

Leaderboard (highest entry per user)

Username Points Penalty Total Villagers

Dkuhlman 28 0 28 Wayfinder, Chief, Priest
danissimus 24 0 24 Wayfinder, Elder, Raider
desertrat2020 17 0 17 Elder, Builder, Chief
laraya 17 0 17 Elder, Priest, Wayfinder
MadMihi 15 0 15 Wayfinder, Builder, Elder
rober 25 -10 15 Priest, Builder, Wayfinder
Mad_albin 24 -10 14 Builder, Wayfinder, Priest
bigoi75 23 -10 13 Elder, Chief, Builder
Sebchjo 8 0 8 Raider, Builder, Merchant
Kristensen 8 0 8 Wayfinder, Elder, Builder
montrealmovil 17 -10 7 Elder, Chief, Wayfinder
dimwittedanimal 23 -20 3 Chief, Merchant, Wayfinder
KarenSDR 21 -20 1 Chief, Elder, Wayfinder


All posted results

Username Points Penalty Total Villagers

Dkuhlman 28 0 28 Wayfinder, Chief, Priest
Dkuhlman 25 0 25 Wayfinder, Builder, Chief
desertrat2020 17 0 17 Elder, Builder, Chief
laraya 17 0 17 Elder, Priest, Wayfinder
MadMihi 15 0 15 Wayfinder, Builder, Elder
rober 25 -10 15 Priest, Builder, Wayfinder
Mad_albin 24 -10 14 Builder, Wayfinder, Priest
bigoi75 23 -10 13 Elder, Chief, Builder
laraya 13 0 13 Chief, Elder, Wayfinder
Sebchjo 8 0 8 Raider, Builder, Merchant
Kristensen 8 0 8 Wayfinder, Elder, Builder
montrealmovil 17 -10 7 Elder, Chief, Wayfinder
Dkuhlman 26 -20 6 Wayfinder, Builder, Chief
laraya 5 0 5 Elder, Builder, Wayfinder
MadMihi 14 -10 4 Elder, Builder, Chief
dimwittedanimal 23 -20 3 Chief, Merchant, Wayfinder
desertrat2020 11 -10 1 Wayfinder, Elder, Builder
montrealmovil 21 -20 1 Merchant, Chief, Wayfinder
KarenSDR 21 -20 1 Chief, Elder, Wayfinder
montrealmovil 10 -10 0 Raider, Priest, Builder
dimwittedanimal 18 -20 -2 Chief, Merchant, Builder
KarenSDR 12 -40 -28 Chief, Elder, Wayfinder


I hope you are having as much fun playing the challenge as I had playtesting it. meeple


Bonus challenge:
100 if you post a picture of playing Palm Island on a palm island.
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Marit Alanen
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Yay, thanks for this! My copy of Palm Island should be waiting for me at my office tomorrow -- can't wait to learn the rules and give the challenge a try!
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Here's my best score out of six plays with the rules as written:

Points: 14
Penalty: 10
Total: -4
Villagers used: Elder, Builder, Chief
 
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desertrat2020 wrote:
Yay, thanks for this! My copy of Palm Island should be waiting for me at my office tomorrow -- can't wait to learn the rules and give the challenge a try!
Perfect timing Marit. laugh
 
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Points: 18 + 4(bonus point by the Merchant) = 22
Penalty: 0
Total: 22
Villagers used (selected randomly from the villagers pile): Wayfinder, Merchant, Elder

The use of the Wayfinder, and her Active status was a little bit confusing. I might have played her wrong

I did not know if I could use the Chief, so I put him apart when drawing the villagers.

I will play again with different villagers.
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Well done! I haven't managed to complete all stages of Famine and Eruption yet. I guess Wayfinder and Elder help a lot and they also didn't hurt your score too much. thumbsup
 
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Points: 16 - 6 (Raider) = 10
Penalty: - 10 (only one step remaining from Famine)
Total: 0
Villagers used: Raider, Priest, Builder

This is more realistic. First game should be dismissed then for the challenge ranking. I definitely misused the Wayfinder. I'll give it a third try using the Wayfinder again with other random villagers.

Thanks for the challenge. I LOVE this game.
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montrealmovil wrote:
Points: 16 - 6 (Raider) = 10
Penalty: - 10 (only one step remaining from Famine)
Total: 0
Villagers used: Raider, Priest, Builder

This is more realistic. First game should be dismissed then for the challenge ranking. I definitely misused the Wayfinder. I'll give it a third try using the Wayfinder again with other random villagers.
You may also choose the villagers that you play with. Of course if you prefer random that's fine too.

montrealmovil wrote:
Thanks for the challenge. I LOVE this game.
Thanks for playing! meeple
 
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Points: 12 + 5 (Housing bonus) + 4 (Trade House and Market bonus) = 21
Penalty: 20
Total: 1
Villagers used: Merchant, Chief and Wayfinder

I finally use the Wayfinder correctly. I'm glad that I did not fall into negative points

Have you considered publish the challenge on the game forum? It might get more track.
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montrealmovil wrote:
Have you considered publish the challenge on the game forum? It might get more track.
I just posted on the game forum. Thanks for the hint. thumbsup
 
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Points: 24
Penalty: 10
Total: 14
Villagers used: Builder, Wayfinder, Priest.
But i have a question about setup

so you shuffle your deck and then you place the 3 villagers
(i guess you chose the order) at the bottom of the deck.
That's right ?

After some games seem to me that you can move just a little bit
the 3 villagers but most of the time they remain in same starting
relative position. Or i missing something ?



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Mad_albin wrote:
so you shuffle your deck and then you place the 3 villagers
(i guess you chose the order) at the bottom of the deck.
That's right ?

After some games seem to me that you can move just a little bit
the 3 villagers but most of the time they remain in same starting
relative position. Or i missing something ?
That is correct. According to the official rules you place the villagers between your deck and the end of round card.
They will not move much during the game.
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MadMihi wrote:
montrealmovil wrote:
Have you considered publish the challenge on the game forum? It might get more track.
I just posted on the game forum. Thanks for the hint. thumbsup

Thanks for posting this. In addition, we have a facebook group which is a great place to share these types of challenges as well.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/2549907995027543/
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That's fun! Thanks for the challenge

Here's my first result (hope, to get better...)

Points: 5
Penalty: 0
Total: 5
Villagers used: Elder, Builder, Wayfinder
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Points: 8
Penalty: 0
Total: 8
Villagers used: Raider, Builder, Merchant
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notacomputer wrote:
I'm not on Facebook but if someone else wants to spread the word I'd be much obliged.
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Thanks for playing Andrea and S├ębastien. Nice first scores!
 
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Really cool, Hans ! I just got the game. I'm taking it for the holidays. I plan on playing it the usual way, and then I will try your challenge.
I'm gonna print your variant rules right now.
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dobrazil wrote:
Really cool, Hans ! I just got the game.

FYI, because it's just been translated and released in France.
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Want to give this a try, but I have a question. I've played a bunch solo, but never used Villagers before.

For example, Elder. It's an Active ability. So once I pay the WWFF to recruit it, it goes behind the round tracker (per the rules), so it's essentially the top card in the next round.

So every round for the rest of the game, I can increase my stored resources from 4 to 5, is that right? I don't have to rotate it back ever?
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For what i understand (and i could be totally wrong) to be able to use
a villagers with an active "power" it must be like the other normal cards
one of the 2 active cards. So until the villager remain in that
position you can use his power. But eventually you will have to move on the back of your deck.

burnface wrote:
Want to give this a try, but I have a question. I've played a bunch solo, but never used Villagers before.

For example, Elder. It's an Active ability. So once I pay the WWFF to recruit it, it goes behind the round tracker (per the rules), so it's essentially the top card in the next round.

So every round for the rest of the game, I can increase my stored resources from 4 to 5, is that right? I don't have to rotate it back ever?
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Shaun posted this question in the rules forum as well. I'm curious what the official ruling might be: Question about "active" Villagers in a solo game
 
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dobrazil wrote:
Really cool, Hans ! I just got the game. I'm taking it for the holidays. I plan on playing it the usual way, and then I will try your challenge.
I'm gonna print your variant rules right now.
Enjoy your holiday, Dob! Make sure to share some photos. laugh
 
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Points: 11
Penalty: 10
Total: 1
Villagers used: Wayfinder, Elder, Builder

Okay, so I'm still new enough at this game that I'm not sure I'm playing any of this correctly, but I'm looking forward to continuing the challenge as I gain more confidence -- thanks for hosting this challenge, Hans!
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Points: 17 (13 + 4 housing bonus)
Penalty: 0
Total: 17
Villagers used: Elder, Builder, Chief

So I've now played this challenge at least a dozen times and mixed up the villagers for some of them, all in an attempt to find the perfect combination that would allow me to solve the disasters and recruit all of the villagers before crapping out in the 8th round. I'm not sure if in doing so I followed the rules, but it was fun to finally meet that objective and score something in the double digits.

I think it's time to move on to another game now (at least temporarily), but I'm looking forward to another challenge in the future! And who knows, maybe I'll try this one again before it ends.
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