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Episode 49 Mystery Connection: Saboteur & Careers


By sconway - Posted on 03 March 2008

Can YOU find the mystery connection between Saboteur and Careers ?

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scooterb23's picture
First two thoughts... 1. Both games have several paths you can take to victory. In Saboteur, you're literally building the paths to the goal, and they can branch all over the place. In Careers, you get to choose which path you want to travel down, and there are several paths you can choose. 2. Both games have hidden information. Saboteur has the role cards that are hidden until people kind of figure it all out. Careers, you choose your win conditions at the beginning of the game, but you hide it from the other players.
echack's picture
In honor of the Combine and free agency, I've got a football theme. 1st down (off-tackle run). Different victory conditions - in Careers the self-chosen victory conditions; in Saboteur the role of miner or saboteur. 2nd down (play-action pass). Mining is the connection - in my version of Careers (a 1960s version), one of the professions was "Uranium Prospecting"; in Saboteru you are a miner. 3rd down (checkoff at the line) As scooterb23 said, hidden information. 4th down (and punting) As scooterb23 said, literal "paths" to victory.
darthpilgrim's picture
I loged in to guess the obvious.....both having you chosing what paths will lead to your goal and the hidden information....but i bet it's deeper than that so I'll have to "dig" deeper.
Steerpike's picture
I was going to go for some zen like answer around 'choosing your path' but that seems to have been covered by previous respondents. In Careers you can choose to be famous, In Saboteur you may end up being infamous. There is a mining option in Careers. In both games you do not fully know the objective of your opponents. Both games involve exploration. ------------------------------------------------- We don't stop playing games when we get old...... We get old when we stop playing games
Blott's picture
With Careers in there, I'm trying to figure out a connection that involves a yellow-bellied sapsucker, but I just can't figure one out. Oh well, I won last time, so I'll leave it to someone else.
This is an easy one. This is all about the metagame. Each of the dwarves in Saboteur is akin to a player in Careers. The dwarves who are trying to reach the gold nugget, are the ones who have selected both money and fame as their unique career path, while the saboteurs have selected money and happiness ( who doesn't get a thrill from kicking over someone's very nice looking lego tower?) This has to be right! ;)

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