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Decatur Frequently Asked Questions

We are playing a three player game, and one of the players ran out of factors.  Is the number provided supposed to be a hard limit?

No, he can just grab some factors from an unused set of pieces.  (Or you can save time and declare him the winner.)

Can you provide rules for two players?

Play as normal, but with the following changes:

  1. When dealing prosperity cards, deal three face down to each player, and deal a total of three face up.
  2. During the economic upheaval, adjust factors in the continental regions to 3-2-1-0-0.
Why is the game called Decatur?

The designer lived in Decatur, Illinois in the fourth grade.

Really, that's it?

All the cities named Decatur are named after Stephen Decatur (born 1779), America's first post revolutionary war naval hero, who fought in the War of 1812 and against the Barbary Pirates.  So when a player calls out "Decatur," that represents Stephen Decatur commanding the USS United States, swooping in and disrupting the other player's activities.

The picture on the box cover -- where did it come from?

It's a painting by Edward Duncan (1803-1882) of the launch of the East India Company's ship, the 'Edinburgh' in 1825, (1827).  The launch took place at the East India Docks.  (Location: Guildhall Art Gallery, London, Great Britain; Photo Credit: HIP / Art Resource, NY)

There seem to be some extra markers (clock marker, precedence markers, etc.) included with the game.


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