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Let's Talk - Drainage 10 May 2018 07:25 #273024

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In the movie, There Will Be Blood, the oil that Eli wants to sell to Daniel is already gone because Daniel owns the surrounding land and took it when he took the rest because of drainage. What board games emulate this by taking resources from another player without them realizing that those resources won't be available to them when they go to use them?
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Let's Talk - Drainage 10 May 2018 08:10 #273027

Power Grid?
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Let's Talk - Drainage 10 May 2018 08:21 #273028

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Power Grid?

That's more someone beating you to them ... but pretty close.
It would have to be a hidden information/resource game - can't think of any specific off the top of my head.

Games that can remove resources that you were planning use due to events, like Runewars.
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Let's Talk - Drainage 10 May 2018 08:44 #273030

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Let's Talk - Drainage 10 May 2018 09:04 #273034

Closest thing I can think of is fishing the Reputation pile (combat rewards) in Eclipse. Since you put those face-down, you can have siphoned off most of the big ones and know that's not an effective strategy anymore.

Sure, it's a watered down Euro-y example, but it's Eclipse.

That's the key though. A shared resource where you have a better idea of the remaining distribution than your mark opponent.
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Let's Talk - Drainage 10 May 2018 09:19 #273035

I can't think of the card names off-hand, but there are plenty of Black & Blue effects in MtG where you exile someone else's cards and then get to play them later. I associate those two colors with both THEFT and OIL in mtg, so it works well for this analogy. There's a guy at the shop who plays Wrexial, the Risen Deep, whose entire deck is based around milling someone's deck and then playing with it.
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Let's Talk - Drainage 10 May 2018 09:55 #273037

Let’s say mutually exclusive resources are indicated by icons on a board. In that instance players could play a face down card and reveal them in player order, which is taken in player order. This allows you to fuck someone out of something without them knowing that what they hoped would be available isn’t.

Another way would be if your pawn is on a resource tile or marker, you can either kill or push that pawn through an action, prior to them taking the “collect” action or phase, denying them that resource.
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Let's Talk - Drainage 10 May 2018 10:33 #273039

I was thinking about this just now and it could also work as an interrupt type action. A player is about to spend 2 resources to buy something and another player interrupts that with a card/action/whatever to take 1 of those resources first. As opposed to having claimed the resource secretly beforehand where maybe they played a card face-down claiming 1 of those resources earlier and don't reveal it until someone else tries to spend it.
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Let's Talk - Drainage 10 May 2018 11:30 #273048

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Let's Talk - Drainage 10 May 2018 11:30 #273049

SuperflyTNT wrote:
Let’s say mutually exclusive resources are indicated by icons on a board. In that instance players could play a face down card and reveal them in player order, which is taken in player order. This allows you to fuck someone out of something without them knowing that what they hoped would be available isn’t.

Another way would be if your pawn is on a resource tile or marker, you can either kill or push that pawn through an action, prior to them taking the “collect” action or phase, denying them that resource.

This is pretty much worker placement stuff. The card thing is like "blind worker placement", the pawn thing is basically the core gameplay of Argent. I think Carson City works that way too, but I've never played it.

Another way to implement this is to have face-down card (or a set of cards) in each location, and have them replaced by hand cards during an action. So maybe you siphoned off all the oil and left corn there, but nobody else knows that. Or maybe you left a literal "nothing, you lose" empty card there. There's always X cards in an area, but the pickings get slimmer as more people have rifled through it. Unless you're looking for different things, that is.

I think that ends up being "area-control Pit" or "trash-heap Go Fish" or something.
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Let's Talk - Drainage 10 May 2018 11:41 #273053

stoic wrote:
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Let's Talk - Drainage 10 May 2018 11:59 #273058

This also vaguely reminds me of Thebes, where you can dig up actual dirt instead of relics. I forget whether you have to reveal if you've successfully found good stuff when you find it though.
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Let's Talk - Drainage 10 May 2018 12:28 #273069

Vault Wars lets you trick others into thinking something is valuable, when it really isn't. That's the best analog that comes to mind right now.
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Let's Talk - Drainage 10 May 2018 12:44 #273073

I think more detail on the mechanics would help provide advice.
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Let's Talk - Drainage 10 May 2018 12:49 #273075

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