Participants: Jon, Nadine, David, Binyamin, Gili, Roman, Francis
A nice gathering.
Binyamin(+Roman) 7, Nadine 8, Gili 19, Jon 22, David 23
First play for Binyamin, and possibly also for Roman who joined his “team” near the start of the game. Our parade was very long for much of the game, at 13 people for several turns in a row.
Roman 12, Gili 6, Binyamin 3
It took a while to settle on a game. First play for Binyamin and Roman, second or third for Gili. Binyamin appeared to believe he was losing early on. Roman got some early cards and they appear to have helped.
Roman 15, Binyamin 14, Gili 11
They played another, short game, since we were still playing. First play for Gili at least. I don’t know how it went.
David 61, Francis 57, Jon 56, Nadine 51
First play for David and Francis. Nadine appeared to take an early lead with a third level building by turn 2 and a 4th level by turn 3 or 4. Her double shipping seemed to propel her well and she netted more than one governor card. However, she stalled a bit, partially because we attacked her a bit to keep her from running away with it.
By mid-game it seemed like everyone had a reasonable chance of doing well. As usual, I don’t like to sit and count everyone’s score, so that was just an estimate. I had a bit more on the board, but so did Francis, and both David and Nadine seems ahead of me in tracks. The slavery cards were in danger of being emancipated, but the only one who could do it was Francis, and he had two of them.
As it turns out, David was most ahead in the tracks, with 50 points. Nadine had 45, and Francis and I had 44. Francis had one more point than me on the board. We forgot that you get 1 point for each 3 people left on your board, but I don’t think anyone had 3 people left, anyway.
Nadine thinks the game is a bit negative and too tactical.