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Jun
29
comment Is bribing off the robber a good addition to Settlers of Catan?
@MatthewFrederick And you can still do that. You don't have to accept any bribes.
Dec
8
comment Is bribing off the robber a good addition to Settlers of Catan?
Interesting. I've never played face up - have to try that some time.
Oct
26
comment Differences between Clue/Cluedo and Clue: Discover the Secrets
Purists often turn fun into work.
Oct
26
comment Is bribing off the robber a good addition to Settlers of Catan?
+1 There are other ways to hinder the leader such as not trading with them and building against them, but this does indeed diminish an effective tool.
Oct
26
comment Is bribing off the robber a good addition to Settlers of Catan?
+1 Interesting. We don't always play with this rule, so perhaps we have a good balance of frequent enough to keep it fun. I have seen someone get a huge amount of resources, but seldom is it one of the front runners in the game.
Oct
26
comment Is bribing off the robber a good addition to Settlers of Catan?
+1 for game mechanics change exploration.
Oct
26
comment Is bribing off the robber a good addition to Settlers of Catan?
+1 Threats seem almost integral to the game with or without this rule change.
Oct
26
comment Is bribing off the robber a good addition to Settlers of Catan?
+1 for a good answer. A rule forbidding all trading except with the bank would shut down bribes, but it would also take away some of the fun factor.
Oct
25
comment Is bribing off the robber a good addition to Settlers of Catan?
You make a good point about potentially not being able to hinder the leader in the game. If the leader is offering the bribe the player placing the robber will have to determine if the bribe being offered is sufficient to merit the risk. Often they will only accept the bribe if it obviously hurts the leader or allows significant building.
Oct
25
comment Is bribing off the robber a good addition to Settlers of Catan?
For us bribes often occurred before the robber placement was even seriously considered. As soon as it was clear that it would be placed often at least one player would offer up a bribe, sometimes several players. Sometimes the bribe would occur as the player was moving to position the robber. It worked not only to keep the robber off their land, but also to protect certain cards in their hand from being robbed.
Oct
25
comment Is bribing off the robber a good addition to Settlers of Catan?
Often a player likely to have the robber placed on them would rather give up a resource or two so that the robber is not placed on them rather than be potentially stuck with it. Sometimes a player will have an abundance of a resource and be more than willing to give up a resource so that the robber can be on another player. Sometimes multiple payers will give up resources limiting the robber placement options.