Participants: Jon, Joey, Nadine, Gili, Mace, Elijah
Joey is a student who dropped by for his first visit.
Gili 0/1/2/2/3, Joey 0/1/1/2/2, Nadine 0/0/*/*/*, Elijah 0/0/*/*/*, Jon 0/0/0/0/1
We didn’t particularly like this game the last time that we played it, but I wanted to give it another go. Actually, someone recommended that I try it two-player, but somehow we ended up playing it with five players. I was expecting total chaos.
I read the rules carefully to ensure that we were playing correctly, and then after a few rounds I realized that we were playing incorrectly, so for the last two-thirds of the game I’m fairly confident we played it correctly. And to our surprise, we actually liked the game, a little.
I wouldn’t actually go so far as to say that we liked it a lot. The game is still wayyyy too random and chaotic. And I think, with experience, you will begin to find something strategic to do in a two or three player game. I could tell that I made a mistake or two in my playing, but still. Not nearly enough that I deserved my pathetic score. I guess we’ll try it again.
Year of the Dragon
Mace 101, Nadine 90, Gili 85
First play for Mace. Nadine was heard to complain about the painfulness of the decisions, which she actually likes.
Joey 46, Elijah 33, Jon 31
I was expecting a greater gap between mine and Elijah’s scores, but he had no bonus points in cards.
Joey insisted that we draft out first picks (8 of each, drop the last 1), which added a good fifteen minutes onto the game play. And I still managed to pick crap. Worst, the occupations and improvements that I actually managed to play were unsynergistic, while Joey’s and Elijah’s were. Elijah had a combo that gave him 4 wheat and a vegetable whenever he took the wheat action.
And Joey sitting on my right made it his business to block whatever I wanted at every move. Knowing that I had no hope of winning, I simply made it my goal to score at least 20 points.
Jon 9, Joey 7, Elijah 7
I suggested this. First play for Joey. I made it clear at the beginning, however, that points were what mattered, not expansion.
The game was closer than many others that I’ve played. I started with gold, ELijah started with iron, and Joey with marble. Elijah kept pace with me on the Know How track, and then Joey built some temples and advanced massively on the track as well. Unfortunately, that was after he left a temple open for me to sack.
After sacking the temple, which put me at 5 points, I pretty much knew from where my remaining 4 points were coming. Elijah saw one of them and convinced Joey to sack a few of my cities to delay me a few rounds, but the end was inevitable.
Elijah 50, Jon 44, Joey 43
I think this was the first play for Joey. I was doing fine with my money while the others spent theirs quickly. But somehow I lost most of my money just about when mid-game turned to end-game, and with it went most of my points.
I suggested the game, because I hadn’t played it in a while. After playing, I have to say that I still love it.
Jon 46, Joey 39, Elijah 24
Kingdoms: Cellar, Chancellor, Woodcutter, Militia, Remodel, Thief, Great Hall, Torturer, Harem, Black Market
As usual I ended up with half or more of the cards from the main set. I still don’t know why, since I pick them randomly.
Joey and I took early Black Markets. He started collecting Golds before me, and then had three Provinces before either Elijah or me had any. I began to draw some Great Halls, Harems, and Golds, and Remodeled two Golds into Provinces. Then I played Thief and took one of Elijah’s Harems. I also took several Duchys, sometimes two in one turn.
Mace 79, Gili 71, Nadine 66
First play for Mace. Nadine suggested it.