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A Puzzling Situation

Princes of Florence 1.0

More of a challenge than a puzzle this month, I'm afraid. Also, Princes of Florence is too complex a game to provide a short description of play so this will limit interest to those that have already played the game. It's a very highly thought of game though so if you haven't played it yet this might be just the encouragement you need to give it a try.

In any case, the challenge is to calculate the highest possible individual score in a four-player version of the game. Obviously, you may assume that all players are working together to achieve this goal and will make decisions based upon this fact. Once you've figured this out you then have the much harder task of calculating the highest possible combined score for a four-player game. That is, if you add all four players' scores together, what is the highest possible total?

Solution

- Greg Aleknevicus

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