macbone wrote:I've experimented using a few different approaches, sometimes holding onto my cards in the hopes that I can still pull out a win, and other times cashing when the value gets up into the 20+ range. Overall, late in the game, I believe it's better to have troops on the board. Too many times, a player will go for an elimination and come up just short (a hanging), and if you're appropriately positioned, you can take advantage of that. The fewer spoils you have, the less of a target you are, and the greater the opportunity you have to make a move at the end.
It's like the stock market analogy you've brought up before - cards represent stocks, troops on the board represent ready cash in hand. Those stocks can potentially reap great profits for you, but you can lose them quickly. It's much harder to lose the troops on the board, and often a player with the right troops in position can snatch up those cards, just as someone with ready cash can make a killing by buying when the market is low.
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