# Which one of the following is a pair of loads that can both be mulch?

allisonfarley on December 12, 2020

combinations

I may have missed a key factor in making the combinations during the game setup. During my setup I was reaching up to 6 combinations and realized I had no actual direction and didn't know when to stop in order to not waste time. I gave in and watched the game setup video and there didn't seem to be a specific pattern of logic being employed in order to reach combination. What technique was used for this game setup? How should we approach combinations like this from an efficient standpoint so that we don't waste time? Thank you! :)

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dana12 on December 17, 2020

^^ I have the same question. Did she come to 7 combinations because there are 7 variables that need to be placed (Sx4 and Mx3)? I was looking for some sort of pattern or deduction that could be made by the rules, but couldn't come to a conclusion other than just setting up as many combinations as possible.

thechamp on March 11, 2021

Is this a lost boys game?

KCifuentes on April 23, 2022

Same issue, i ended up answering all 5 questions correct but it did take me time. I didn't set up all 7 games in the beginning. How did she know to set up 7 exact games in the game setup and not waste time trying to find more combinations.

Emil-Kunkin on May 9, 2022

Hi All,

I would probably call this a linear game, but a particularly weird one with only two variables.

As for the timing, there are a few ways to approach this. We could try to make scenarios, as you saw in the setup video. Scenarios are a helpful tool to understand how a game works and the limits of what is possible, but it is usually not going to be the case that you can diagram every possible set of scenarios. While those games do happen (they are called guru games), it might not be worth the time and effort to make 5+ scenarios upfront.

You can make scenarios as a way to better understand the mechanics of the game, and to help you see deductions. There is no "right" number of scenarios to make in order to understand the game, but once you hit a point where you don't feel like another scenario will teach you any more, then it may be time to move on.

You can also look for deductions from the rules themselves- in some games you can combine rules that touch on the same variable. However, this game does not allow for many deductions!