board games & card games for all ages
Thursday 3rd April 2008
A nice even eight gamers this week .....
Darren, Dave F, Neil H, Nick, Phil, Rachel, Sue, Tim
There were six of us in early, and we decided to do something short while we waited for others ....
This one is always fun, and it made a nice change to see one of the regular "cursed" explorers at this game come out on top!
This one had just arrived, and we were very keen to give it a go ....
(Points + Symbols + Tools + Huts + Shamen + Farmers)
(96 + 16 + 4 + 0 + 14 + 0) 130
Rachel: (83 + 16 + 21 + 0 + 0 + 6) 126
Sue: (106 + 1 + 0 + 18 + 0 + 0) 125
Phil: (71 + 4 + 12 + 5 + 20 + 4) 116
This seems to be an excellent game. We all enjoyed it tremendously, and it gave us several minutes of discussion afterwards, which is always a good sign. The points on the board were well spread during the game (with Sue being about 50 points clear of the rest of us at one point, and even before the final scoring there was 35 points between us. However, those that scored heavily during the game were in the worst position cards-wise, so the scores all then bunch up as we see who did what best. A very clever place-a-guy-to-get-that-action game which we will definitely be playing again pretty soon.
And the other three (which became four after round one) went off into space. Well, upstairs actually.
Hmm. These scores seem a little bit odd. You'll never guess who has played the game before (although in his defence, only the once). Darren had a pretty good showing for a first time out, and the less said about Neil and Tim's performances the better.
The spacemen were a little ahead of the cavemen, and so they went off to save the World ....
Tim: (Research Assistant): All won.
I don't know a whole lot about this one, although I do know that it was at medium difficulty (5 Epidemic cards), and it was pretty close. They only had one more outbreak before the end of the World, and I think they were only two turns away from running out of time. So ... It sounds like a pretty tense finish!
Meanwhile downstairs, it was time to do some shipping ....
(Island + Harbour + Ship + Cash)
(84 + 8 + 0 + 5) $97
Phil: (66 + 8 + 12 + 10 -11) $85
Rachel: (56 + 6 + 0 + 16) $78
Nick: (46 + 8 + 0 + 0 + 7) $61
This was a long-awaited second play for Sue and I, with very different results! I took an early lead on the island, but ended up paying too much interest to the bank in the long term. Although, Phil quite possibly paid even more interest than I did, but must have used his loaned cash a little more wisely than I did! About half way through, the girls seemed to be the ones with all the cash, and Sue's holding on the Island overtook all of us quite convincingly. A very clever game .... There's a lot more to this one than we've seen so far, I'm sure.
Duel in the Dark
After Tim and Neil had to leave us, the other two had a crack at this fun two-player not-quite-a-wargame ...
It's a while since I played this one, so unfortunately, I can't remember how the scoring works. I have a feeling there's a pointer that starts in the centre of the scoring track, and the score above means that Dave had moved it four steps towards his side.
Meanwhile, Phil had to leave the downstairs group, so we decided to fill the rest of the time with this fun little filler ....
(67 + 55 + 66) 188
Rachel: (39 + 50 + 51) 140
Sue: (44 + 29 + 52) 125
This is a fun little exercise, and this time my holding out for the rights numbers paid off, as I hit a couple of 24-point diagonals. Oddly, in the first game, we rolled no 7s at all, which actually makes for a higher scoring game (as long as you're not sitting waiting for the 7s to start coming out)!
And that took us pretty much to midnight, and so we called it a night. thanks to those that came along.