Participants: Jon, Nadine, Gili, Binyamin, Bill, David K
Welcome back Bill from several months in the US.
Jon 15, Gili 15, Bill 5, Nadine -1
Played as an opener. Bill’s first time. Gili doesn’t really like the game. We played with my usual variant where all the chips are shuffled and placed randomly (face up); makes for a more interesting game, in my opinion.
Age of Steam
David 110, Bill 109, Jon 80
This is one of my top ten games, and only the third time I got to play it. First play for both David and Bill. I really love this game and Antique, both of which have a lot more direct confrontation than the usual Eurogames, so that must say something.
Unfortunately, I lost big-time, entirely because of Bill. Not only did he screw me three times during the game, but he screwed me royally three times during the game. None of that “Oh, I guess I have to pay one more coin” screws, or “Oh, I guess I’ll have to deliver a sub-optimal good” screws. But a real heavy metal “I am out of the game; I lose 10 income points” screws. And not once, but three times. Kicked me hard when I was down.
I guess I left myself open to it. I’m not used to playing with aggressive players. We don’t usually play games where this type of aggression is possible. It’s not like he targeted me just for the heck of it; each time he played the right move for himself. I just got caught in his way because I started on the same side of the board as him. David started on the other side of the board, and so remained largely undisturbed for the first half of the game. Lesson learned.
Three player Age of Steam is not quite as satisfying as four or five player, but it’s still a fantastic game of route planning, money management, and delivery. Our game took about 3 hours.
Gili 164, Binyamin 163, Nadine 147
First game for all of them. I didn’t see this game play out, but the board looked a lot like the board from Pillars of the Earth. About 2 hours.
Gili, Binyamin, Nadine
Second game for Binyamin. About an hour and a half. I don’t know the scores.