Wow I love this site..
Because I find someone asking about the same deal I had with this game! A rather unknown game which is one of my favorites. Anyways I contribute with my bit.
The chaos.. I'm lost!
The bluffing is heavy in this game.
The later stage of the game is very chaothic with the disasters and suspicions. You naturally have a lot of uncertainty.
Is to play with this uncertainty, with this three guidelines:
- Aim to be the less confused player. I mean, face it you will be confused
- Keep one or two counters for that point of the game when the obvious may become the inevitable
- Watch the discarded pile
With the first, really.. I love this game: If you bluff your oponents bluff. It's not enough to know vicory conditions of other characters; so keep your bluff up, eventually one player will be very suspicious; it should be you if you want to and not bee you if you don't want to. Apply to others ;)
For the second I will just give an example: There some cards that take money from another player. You may be tempted to play it early in the game to get some cash.. but do you really need that cash right away? Bear in mind that this is one of the few counters to Chrysoprase who needs to mint and who becomes obvious at some point of the game. If you use this card on another player it may be just the 3 bucks Chrysoprase needed... This applies also for some cards that may seem useless sometimes like the one that removes two chaos marks.
The third is a practical reason. It's easier to see what the oponent played once the cards are dished than watch him move by move. Also, players who sell/discard cards, give away information of what they don't want; that's also easier to track.
But bottom line, it's best to play with some guidelines and just enjoy the game because if you play with good players.. they may outbluff you :).