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The Library is a strong card and it is far stronger than most of the cards that boost a single action type. However, the Library also has disadvantages. In the early game, you can buy a Silver mine for the same price, which can give you a massive resource advantage. A player must remember that the most important resource in the game is cards. A five ...


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No, you do not draw an extra card. The rules say the following under the Producer role: If a player has no empty production buildings, he produces no goods in this round. Consequently it's established that the production of a good is dependent on the availability of a building to do so. If you only have one production building free then you can only ...


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I haven't gathered formal statistics, but I play San Juan quite regularly and anecdotally, I would say that not having the Library seems to significantly reduce your chances of winning the game. But on the hand, there are various other cards, including the Prefecture and Palace, whose absence also seems to significantly reduce your chances of winning. And I ...


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The crane is intended to be a building upgrade in addition to your normal build. Sure, if you mistake the crane's upgrade power for your regular build then you never see it played by the winning player in a review of 300,000+ online games but if you use it like the building phase version of trading post, aqueduct, prefecture, or gold mine, it can ...


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There isn't a whole lotta depth to SJ. After playing many games digitally and IRL, SJ got bland for me, whereas, I still continue playing RftG. These days, the SJ exp needs to be included for me to play SJ, and this is still vs. base game RftG. On the plus side, SJ with the exp is still easier to teach than base game RftG, so I don't feel bad pushing SJ + ...


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Artwork and the following. The Prefecture now costs 4 instead of 3. With the Goldmine, you now get to keep the cheapest card instead of any card. With the Guildhall, you get 1 point per production building and 1 point for each different production building. New building Hut: "In the trader phase, the owner of a hut draws one card from the supply if no good ...


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The Library is much weaker than they say. Its value decreases sharply after the early game, and it has little value unless your cards are builder-centric (Smithy or Quarry+Carpenter) or prospector-centric (Goldsmith+Goldmine), which an opponent can easily interfere with. The library only applies during your turn. Eg: the Quarry reduces building cost no ...


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You could consider joining BrettSpielWelt. http://brettspielwelt.de You may still play on your iDevice, even though it will be through the browser and not the San Juan app. The user interface takes some getting used to, but once you get through that, it's a good way to find opponents for quite a few boardgames. As a distant plan B, you may download ...


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