laughingcavalier wrote:Playing no spoils team games, I think the bonuses are too hard to get. They discourage you from even trying to get a bonus.
of the first 5 quads games completed that have an 8-digit game number, at least one flagship bonus was held in each game and at least one line bonus was held in the 4 no spoils games but not the escalating one. both flagship and line bonuses were held by the eventual losers in 2 games. the second team to play won 4 out of 5.
from the above small sample of quads games, it appears that the line bonuses are mostly not ignored, the losing side can hold bonuses successfully (though we don't have enough evidence to say whether the latter is true for most games rather than just a minority) and the usual first turn advantage does not play a significant role. although it's possible to increase the lee line bonuses a touch, i don't think there's much wrong with the map if kept as is.