It’s not always a good idea to focus on one mineral treasure, as it leaves you vulnerable to market manipulation by fellow players. Spread your possessions wisely and monitor the mineral wealth index
It’s also not always a good idea to have a storage facility in the exact north or south of the country very early in the game, as this can cut you off from shipping options.
Don’t rush to connect to the railway networks in the north and south of the country… your efforts will reward all players
Although it is useful to have money early, remember that prices will rise quickly. Try to find a balance between cash balance and potential return
The placement of your mine constructions is absolutely crucial in the first few rounds.
Remember to check future shipping options as well as mineral treasure values.
Being last in an auction (with four players) isn’t all that bad since you have the advantage of placing two mine constructions. However, the third position can be a bit painful.
The first game will be a lot of learning. The second game will have a different feel, with players better understanding how to achieve their goals.