Your next step will be to either spread out and take a village bonus, or to stay within your kingdom and continue to build. If you can determine (based on spoils cashing and reinforcing patterns) where your opponent is, it may make your decision easier. Determining where your opponent is can be done by reading the log and seeing whether he has cashed a spoil with a +2 bonus on it (indicating he controls that region) or by looking at the assault pattern (for instance, when breaking out from a castle zone to a village, the number of neutral regions through which the assault went). Remember that if you go through your stack of 10 neutrals on the border your opponent won't have to! The size of your main stack is critically important to determining when you strike. Because the assaulter has an edge when the size of the stacks is large (e.g. over 100), it generally behooves you to be the assaulter. But if you assault too soon, you have opened a pathway back to your castle that is unguarded by neutrals.
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