Normally you place the firewall tokens when you need them because there is a good chance that you never will, but you can place them in the setup if you like.
This is unexpected. Why is there a good chance you'd never have to use a firewall?
Don't you have to face the firewalls anytime you try and hack a Machine?
And, the only way I can see that you could get to the Dig Site
is to hack a Machine and use its movement to get you there...?
(Assuming Machines can move across water E5 -> E3)
Without a Machine, starting from the School (M)
, it would take -2 Time
for Players to get to The Checkpoint
Rules don't clarify if it costs -2 Time
to travel (walk) between two Restricted Locations
... assuming it does, players only have 4 Time
left. This means they spend -2 Time
to get to The Bona Towers (E)
, and then -2 Time
to get to The Ferry (D)
. This depletes their Time resource, and they have no way to use other abilities.
If it only costs -1 Time
to travel between Restricted Locations
, then players would spend a total of -5 Time
to get from School to The Ferry. They would have 1 Time
left to Investigate a Rumor, or Hack a Machine. But, forget about getting home on time!