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skychaser wrote:Well. I play mainly and almost exclusively at foggy escalating games so my opinion may be a little biased but still i will put my coin here.
First you should know. There are two easy takeable bonuses plus the cities. The cities are neutrals so it may be a good option taking them. The drawback is having to reinforce it so you should think it over, is not always that profitable.
You should take Liang or Bei Ping when you have 2 pieces there or of you deployed and got lucky dice so you can have a bonus at most at the third round. If someone would fight over it then the best is leaving them fight over it and not to bother.
Kingdom of Shu-Han have virtually no bonuses so it's a good place to take refuge.
The Kingdom of Wu have a bonus region called Jiao, it's good if you happen to have 3 or more regions there by sheer luck. Otherwise you may take it if people are fighting over another region and it's left as an open farmin space to you. However you must be carefull not to waste troops. Sometimes is easier just going for cards at easier places.
Apart from it you just have to wait for the right momentum and use your not map related strategy for the victory.
Apart from what I just said. Many of these hard bonuses may be takeable if you're playing with a little number of people. You may even take a +3 bonus at the endgame or if you are playing with 4 or less people at the table.
In everything I found when researching the map I only found Zhuge as being attributed to the quote. Now, in The Art of War, Sun Tzu does say "Attack him where he is unprepared, appear where you are not expected." But these are two different quotes. Feel free to post this in the map thread as there may be others who can confirm one way or the other.skychaser wrote:Oh. I think "Do the unexpected, attack the unprepared" is attributed to Sun Tzu rather than Zughe Liang. It's a common catchphrase.