Participants: Jon, David, Nadine, Nisan, Yael, Roman, Avi, Yedidya, Francis
Yael is the only one of the new players who showed up again, although a few said they would come. Avi brought his friend Yedidya again.
Yael+, David, Jon, Avi, Yedidya
I left my scores at home (where I am currently not). First play for everyone except for me, which surprised me. Everyone liked it.
My monument was military, and I ended up playing military which I usually don’t, since competition by a neighbor can make your investment in the cards useless. I ended with military and blue cards. Yedidya had the science monument, but didn’t build any science. He also had some blue cards. He also was discovered to have accidentally built the same blue card twice (which would have been mine); he had to discard it for 3 coins.
Yael had the “play one discarded card for free” monument, which netted her 6 points at the end of the game. She also had strong military and science. David had the “build one card each phase for free” monument, which he used in phases 2 and 3. He had nice purple cards and 3 matching science cards. Avi had the “free resource” monument, and also had strong science, but he had -6 in military score.
Roman 39, Nadine 38, Francis 36, Nisan 36
Nadine writes: First play for Francis. Everyone enjoyed the game. Roman went first with an income-centric strategy and the rest of us used a mix-and-match.
Nisan would have won and I would have done better if I hadn’t mistakenly paid 18 for the High Rollers room. I didn’t notice that I didn’t have the prerequisite required to place it, while Nisan did. I never got the prerequisite so I never place the HR room. We redrew one card combination, where two cards [gave contradictory changes to income and we couldn’t decide how to resolve them]. Francis was the only one who completed all three [bonuses for hotel, casino, and connection], but it wasn’t enough to overcome my big victory point buildings or Roman’s most income and diamond bonuses. Nisan didn’t get any completion bonuses. I accelerated the game end when I had the chance to choose a stack.
Avi 54, Jon 53, Nadine 52
I suffered from not buying the gold mine, that each of them both bought. I bought a copper mine a round or two later, but it’s really not as useful, since you need two trade chips to use it for anything else. Everyone was shy trade chips.
I had the most buildings, but Avi got the one that gave 1 point per building. At the end, we thought Nadine had won with 55 points, and then we remembered her 3 points in debt, which took her from first to last by a point either way.
David, Jon, Yedidya, Yael
Avi, Nadine, Jon
We played a few games each. In the first set, David and I both pulled off winning piles. In the second set, all three of us won one game each.
Lord of Waterdeep
David 153, Roman 151, Nisan 130, Yedidya 89
David writes: Nisan and Roman were both badly hurt by Yedidya, who used his first place position to take the first place position as his first move each round, [which essentially made David who played after him the first place player for the entire game, and Roman the third place player for the entire game].
Nisan writes: True. First place for Yedidya who did not truly capitalize on going first most rounds. He also went last with the lieutenant for a few rounds. Nisan and Yedidya had piety Lords, while Nisan and Roman had arcana.
Nisan was in the lead for round 2-7 with the most missions completed. In the last two rounds, David completed 25 and 20 point missions, and Roman completed a 25 point mission of his own. Everyone enjoyed the game, I think.