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nytebyter
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  Bots in iPad version 2.1.1 crazy difficult! Sat, 11 June 2016 14:38
I like a good challenge as the next person, but the latest bots are nuts. Seems all they are concerned with is going out as quickly as possible every time! Sure that is one way to play, but the bots used to mix it up and play random styles a lot better than the new ones. I quit playing online because so many people would either block all the time or quit if they were going to lose. Now I can't play the bots either. Really sad as this used to be my favorite game.
      
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Re:Bots in iPad version 2.1.1 crazy difficult! Sat, 11 June 2016 22:41
You might already know this, but the different AI characters have different playing styles. The last AI in a rotation will have a unique name and is the expert for the map, so they will be really good!

The others have differences, so be sure to play a few different ones. That way you can find an opponent you like playing against.

Enjoy!
      
nytebyter
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Re:Bots in iPad version 2.1.1 crazy difficult! Sat, 11 June 2016 22:57
I appreciate the response. Yes, the bots used to be that way, but since the 2.1.1 update, the bots all seem to be the same. I played the different bots previously and could tell a difference, including some playing a long game.

Now they all go out as quickly as possible, many times not even trying to get any destinations.

I only upgraded to get the Nordic map. I should have followed my rule to NEVER upgrade unless something is not working! Now I don't even want to play. In addition the Nordic map only plays in portrait mode, another reason to not upgrade.

Is there anyway to get back to the previous version?
      
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Re:Bots in iPad version 2.1.1 crazy difficult! Sat, 11 June 2016 23:15
Well, the new AI personalities don't all behave the same but they all did get a little strategic boost, so you won't have the behavior where they just let you take as much time as you want in a game.

I'm afraid there isn't any way to go back to the old version, especially because you now have new content in the Nordic map.

About the Nordic version, it has to play in portrait mode because it's a vertical map! That's an intentional choice for Nordic and India, and will continue to be the mode for other vertical maps that are released in the future.
      
n1ckc1n
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Re:Bots in iPad version 2.1.1 crazy difficult! Tue, 14 June 2016 22:36
I play online quite a bit and don't run into all of the quitters and blockers you claim there are. Blocking is just a part of the game. Play in a game titled friendly or no block and you should be good.

Also the latest update has a rank penalty for players ditching out early on games.

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Re:Bots in iPad version 2.1.1 crazy difficult! Tue, 02 August 2016 10:07
I find the AI in the latest version is repetitive & boring.

While it is still relatively easy to beat all the AI Bots they pretty much take the same over-arching approach now - Draw from the face-down draw deck at the start of the game (except to take locomotives from the face-up deck). Do this until they have about 20+ cards in then hand (with the odd placement), then lay-out as quickly as possible (ignoring tickets pretty much) to go out. Their "distinct" personalities (i.e. trying to get a longest route or the most tickets) are now secondary characteristics and rarely achieved. The end game is almost always the same - few cards left in the draw deck, which then just re-cycled endlessly. This is about the only time you lose when you are after a particularly colour and they are sitting unused in the Bots hands because they are blind drawing most of the time and collecting cards they don't use & there are only a few locomotives available.

Usually there will be one bot that exhausts its carriages and ends the game, the other bots are all ending with 8+ cards in their hand. I rarely get to be the one ending the game now (usually you get down to around 4-6 carriages left). Most of the time the Bot will complete 2 tickets, occasionally 3, rarely 4.

I used to enjoy the different bots and found the different maps quite enjoyable but I've found the game now feels the same on all of the maps.
      
thurisaz
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Re:Bots in iPad version 2.1.1 crazy difficult! Tue, 02 August 2016 10:44
I'd also add the AI seems to employ egregious blocking as well. Frankly if it tried it in face to face play it would get a punch on the nose and booted out the door. It may be a legal tactic but frankly it's an annoying one - fortunately my circle of gaming friends aren't a$5holes.
      
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Re:Bots in iPad version 2.1.1 crazy difficult! Tue, 02 August 2016 12:00
I agree. I think the blocking aspect of the new bots is the worse. I can understand going out when the supplies gets low, but more than once, the bots just block and run.

That's why I quite playing online. I would find a game named "No blocking" and then the player would do nothing but. I do not play to hurry up and finish a game, I play to pass the time and Ticket to Ride used to be my favorite "past-time". I would be more than willing to trade back the Nordic map to get the old bots back. I used to play everyday. Now I don't even remember the last time I played. Such a shame.

People suck...people build bots...so now the bots suck!
      
    
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