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While the London Underground remained unchanged from the 1984 map, there were no serious problems with the Chalk Farm '84 ruleset, but the Jubilee line extension, on which construction began some years later, would have overloaded quadrant four if it had opened there with the quadrants in their original forms. (Admittedly, the unamended CF '84 rules did just about hold up while the new stations remained foetal.) However, were the impending quadrant overload to be permitted, all sorts of paradoxes would have arisen. For example, if a red token was placed at Shadwell or Heron Quays, all players south of the river would have been permanently toffed – which did not seem fair.

The solution, posed as part of the forward-thinking Finsbury amendments, was to put the Jubilee line between London Bridge and Stratford, the DLR excluding Bank and Stratford and the East London line excluding Shoreditch and Whitechapel into a new 'fifth quadrant'. Hardly surprisingly, this solution was never accepted by CAMREC, although they became increasingly marginalised due to their tactics.

In the Holland Park 2000 ruleset, an alternative solution was found, and quadrant five no longer exists in its original form (although the idea of dividing the map into five rather than four did in fact form part of the solution used.) It appears to have caused problems of its own, but there has been less protest from CAMREC: it appears that they are more concerned right now with logical and semantic consistency (or, more than likely, with their own infighting) than with actual gameplay.

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Edited April 12, 2007 12:07 am by Simons Mith (diff)