Participants: Jon, Haim S, Lorenzo, Nadine
Haim 42, Jon 0
We played one hand, playing the local rules that I grew up with.
Nadine 125, Jon 119, Lorenzo 119, Haim 94
First play for Lorenzo, Second play for Haim. I tried a few different things, but I could see that Nadine was going to win by halfway through. Naturally, she complained every time she only made 24 points instead of 25 in a round, or if she only made points in 4 areas instead of 5 in one round. I didn’t complain, because I figured I was second and thought it might be close.
We all played more military than unusual. Lorenzo played with the x2 chips, extra actions, and many Trajan tiles. I played more cards than I usually do.
Nadine writes: It’s not just luck, but not really planned either. At the end of one of the years I landed on a spot to get 9 points because I had the right colors there for the tile. It was the scroll rack spot, and I had an extra action chip, so I ended up second to get a bonus tile, worth 6 points. Lorenzo was hurt by it being his first game and not realizing a few things early enough, and Jon went last, without compensation. Tie breaker is the scroll track, I think.
Actually, we played with the slight rule change where all players get the same number of turns (so whoever triggers the end game, it comes around to the 4th player), which is a little compensation. But it’s still a little harder in last place.
Lorenzo says that he liked it.
Jon/Haim 1080, Nadine/Lorenzo 220
Second or third time for Lorenzo. Possibly it would have been better if he had been my partner. Nadine says that she wants to keep Lorenzo as her partner while he is learning.
Lorenzo writes: She is very good in trying to fix my mistakes, but Tichu is an especially hard game for me so for almost each point she gets I lose as much.