Problem with Veterinarian Card in Agricola #2844646

Problem with Veterinarian Card in Agricola #2844646

Message par jasonfults » 16 Nov 2017 19:12

The card says "At the start of each round, draw two animals. If they are the same, keep one. Return the 1 or 2 animals to the container." I played the Occupation early in the game and thus far, a few rounds later, there has been no noticeable effect. How can I know if the card is working properly?

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Re: Problem with Veterinarian Card in Agricola #2844646

Message par covadis » 16 Nov 2017 19:30

You can have a look in the history of the game
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Re: Problem with Veterinarian Card in Agricola #2844646

Message par Grumpkin » 16 Nov 2017 19:38

If original poster is curious, the probability that Veterinarian will grant you an animal at the beginning of a round if you haven't received any animals yet is 27.8% (or 4/9*3/8+3/9*2/8+2/9*1/8). The probability that you will go two rounds without receiving an animal (as has happened to you thus far) is 52.2% (or (1-27.8%)^2). Your outcome so far, though unfavorable for you, is unremarkable.
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Re: Problem with Veterinarian Card in Agricola #2844646

Message par HectorVortac » 17 Nov 2017 6:15

And now you know what many others already knew: the card is terrible. It's possibly the worst card in the deck.
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Re: Problem with Veterinarian Card in Agricola #2844646

Message par Oldie » 17 Nov 2017 6:42

HectorVortac a écrit :And now you know what many others already knew: the card is terrible. It's possibly the worst card in the deck.


It's sometimes hard to say that a bad card is really worse than another bad card. But on another site there are card rankings which can't be 100% accurate, but and they give at least a clue whether a card is better or worse. And there are about 15 cards that have a lower ranking than Veterinarian, so probably it's one of the worst cards but not the worst.
Holiday House, Watermill and Butcher are 3 examples for worse cards than Veterenarian.
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Re: Problem with Veterinarian Card in Agricola #2844646

Message par HectorVortac » 20 Nov 2017 1:33

I used to rank the Butcher near the bottom as well but now give it some begrudging respect. It can function as an emergency fireplace if you got shut out of that feeding improvement race. Still in the bottom ten percent or so.
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