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Familiarize yourself with all the tiles as quickly as possible so you know the possibilities.

At the beginning of your turn, select and rotate each of your tiles in order to preview all of your options. Take care not to double click until you are ready to commit to a placement.

In general, try to join or extend tunnels rather than splitting them. One exception is if you create a branching situation that you or a teammate can quickly resolve with a complementary piece. Another exception is if you must either split the tunnel or waste a valuable piece without confidence that the tunnel will soon be closed; in this case it is sometimes preferable to split the tunnel.

If you need to play a tile that adds exits, try to align open ends in a parallel or perpendicular grouping which can then be closed or combined with complementary tiles.

If the tunnels start to branch too much to contain, switch to using ends sparingly and strategically. An example of strategic use would be to close a tunnel that is far from all others. An example of a wasteful use would be to use a corner end or T end to simply extend a line - only do this if you are confident that someone can close the tunnel within the round.

Remember, there are only two of each tunnel type and three of each end type in the standard game. Keep track of what has been used and what is still available. If you need to, search the table to make sure a piece is available before you create a situation that requires a specific piece. The "wood grain" design always follows the length of the tile; this will help you distinguish each tile from adjacent tiles.

Try to direct tunnels toward each other and keep the exits close to each other so that they may be joined if possible. Like on this picture where playing that tile the other way around will make the two exits way further: Bandidotip1.jpeg

On this one, you play it like that to make the exits the most close possible. Furthermore, you have the possibility to get the third exit in the top maybe. Don't force it, but it's an upside: Bandidotip2.jpeg

There are only two I, S, and Z tiles, so joining distant exits is not likely to work.

If the game isn't close to be finished, use your annoying tiles first, even if their position isn't great. By doing so, you assure yourself to have better tiles when you will need them the most. The game is a succession of weak moment where everyone try to have a good hand, and some strong ones when everyone try to win the game.

Try to intuit what your teammates are attempting to accomplish. A very basic example: If you see a teammate laying parallel lines, try to maintain the parallel lines until a U can close them. The more familiar you are with the deck, the more easily you can see your teammate(s) building an arrangement that can be resolved nicely by a few specific pieces. If the perfect piece to resolve a situation is still out there somewhere but you don't have it, try to play somewhere else and be patient. The right piece will come, or maybe your teammate already has it!

Be careful of the constraints that develop if you add tiles to a confined area. You’ll lose the game if you can’t close or route the tunnel out of the confined area. Try to point new open ends away from confined space so you’re less likely to encounter constraints with tiles that follow (unless you are building a trap intentionally as described below).

An advanced and enjoyable technique is to create a "trap"; i.e. a completely enclosed space which can only be filled by a specific tile. On this example, the worst case is to have the tile in pink. But in most cases, it will be closed:


Before you make such a trap, make sure the required tile is still available! If the space is not completely enclosed and there are few other places to play, you run the risk of being forced to play a tile half in and half out of the trap, creating an unfillable hole of one square. Even if you have the perfect tile in hand, a teammate may be forced to block the trap before your turn gets back to you, so use caution! Traps of size 2*1 or 2*2 early are normally safe (remember no tile have 5+ exits).

If you are experienced, by following this strategy, you will see that often times, you will finish by having only annoying tiles and one exit left, and be forced to use that annoying tile. To reduce the amount of time you or your teammates will be forced to do that, you want to create various empty places for each player. Some 'U', some corners '┘', and even some 'L' (so with two exits not at the same 1x1 tile). Going straigth up for the move which give the less exits is regulary not optimal. On that example, you want to give your teammate(s) a maximum amount of options. Here there are 4 single exits, so you want to play your three exit tile, which will give more options to your teammate:


Even if winning seems unlikely, play your best and don't give up. Games can be won even in the very last round with an empty deck!