January 18, 2017

Participants: Jon, Nadine, Gili, Elad, Ofer

Welcome to new attendee Ofer.

No Thanks

Gili+, Elad, Jon, Nadine, Ofer

First play for Ofer. Gili decided to take the second card which was adjacent to the first card that I took. Later on, Elad decided to take a card which was adjacent to another one of my cards. Apparently we’ve become a more aggressive game club. 🙂

For the last card, Gili calculated everyone’s score in order to determine if it was safe to simply take the card (it was).

Age of Empires III

Jon 90, Elad 76, Ofer 65, Nadine 63, Gili 48

First play for Elad and Ofer, first play in a long while for Nadine. Again, the play was pretty aggressive, although we had no soldiers in the new world until turn 6 or so, but then we had 4 warfares every turn (for three turns), most by Ofer.

This game is designed a little unbalanced toward money and buildings, in my opinion. Admittedly the design would work better if warfare and combat were easier and more worthwhile. It should be easier to get soldiers into the new world. Whomever controls a region should have an additional resource of the region’s type. Warfare should be a bit more flexible and less costly.

Anyhoo. Elad cornered the early commodities and then managed to win 7 out of 8 merchant ships. After his third one, it was no longer any use fighting for them. I think he had a merchant and captain every round. He had the highest income, and had no problem getting the “4 points for every merchant ship” building, but he had almost no points from the new world. Gili sacrificed herself to take the “steal money from each player equal to your merchant ships” building before Elad could, even though she had no merchant ships. I had one, and would have been willing to take it myself for the modest gain it would have given me, but she decided to keep it away from both of us.

Meanwhile, I was doing okay in the new world, but so were others. I was slightly outclassed in the new world, and Elad slightly outclassed me in building and income points, but since I had both new world ad buildings – and no one else did – I ended up ahead. It was hard to see that until the end. However, Gili apparently saw it, because she attacked every first place region I had on the board. I still came in second in many regions.

Everyone except for Gili failed their last discovery by a single native.

The game took about 3.5 hours, including explanation.

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