I have a Czech localisation of Rialto, and I am confused about the initial order on the Doge track. Assume a game of 3 players, with Blue the starting player, followed by Red and then Yellow.
Reading the rules of "Preparing the game, point 11", I see:
Beginning with the starting player, place one of your marker tokens on the starting square of the Doge track."
Thew way I understand this, the Blue player will place his marker first, then Red on top of him, and then Yellow on top of them both. So the starting player will be last on the Doge track, and the last player will be leading the Doge track.
However, this feels wrong, since that way, the starting player is penalised in everything:
- According to point 14, the starting player gets the smallest number of coins: the starting player takes coins first, and number of coins taken by successive players increases.
- According to point 15, the starting player is the last to choose a building, and so has the least choice: the order of choice is specified to start with the player to the right of the starting player, and proceed counter-clockwise.
- Once play starts, cards are chosen according to the order on the Doge track, so the starting player is last again and has the least choice.
To add to my confusion, the illustration demonstrating an initial setup has the Blue player holding 1 coin and being the topmost marker on the Doge track.
What are the rules actually supposed to say? Is this a mistranslation of the Czech localisation, or is the starting player really the worst position to be in?