SR: GSG 11/19 - Wallenstein plus 2 GiP SRs
- GSG: 11/19
Roll Call: Bob, Rich, Brian, Campbell and Mark
Wallenstein: Bob, Rich, Brian, Campbell and Mark
My third time teaching the rules and this time I got to play! Of course I
sucked at it, but damn if it wasn't fun. Although most of my fun was
derived from throwing all those cubes into the Tower of Destiny. Damn that
thing is mysterious in its ways. You never know what's gonna happen. Like
when a couple of cubes dropped out of it in the middle of our turn. No one
had touched it. Yet out they popped. Incredible.
In fact I was so enamored with the tower I started making stupid attacks on
the very first turn. I attacked Bob at even or worse odds. Of course I
lost, and then Campbell swept in to clean up the remnants of my attacking
county forces. I should've really paid more attention to who was attacking
and from where. Doh!
Bob used a lay low strategy, while Rich actually was making plans and
carrying them out! Amazing. Meanwhile Brian, Campbell and I hacked on
each other. At the end of the first year Bob and Rich were well ahead of
us three and so we decided to end hostilities. At least if it favored us.
The 2nd year was more of the same for me. My attacks faltered, I built
buildings in minimally defended counties, my counterattacks wilted. I had
counties rebel and throw me out. Campbell, Brian and I kicked Bob and Rich
out of several areas, but we often had to go through each other to get
there. Campbell made a good comeback but needed everything to go right on
the last turn. That was not to be.
Rich and Bob ended up tying with 46 points and Rich won on the tiebreaker
of having more palaces.
Rich: 46 (wins with 3 palaces to Bob's 2)
Not a bad game, even though I stunk up the joint. It definitely had a Robo
Rally feel to it. I just wish there were a little more control over your
turn as it proceeds. Like having to pay for building a building when you'd
rather save the money for reinforcements or maneuvers and vice versa.
Roll Call: Brian, Allen and Mark
Carcassonnne - Hunters and Gatherers: Brian, Allen and Mark
Allen was on the fence about buying a copy from Larry so I told him we'd
play it if he bought it. He did and so we did.
I must say I was pleasantly surprised that I liked it quite a bit more than
I do Carcassonne. I think the change to the farmers/hunters mechanics is
the reason. I also liked the other rules tweaks and even found the artwork
more appealing. Go figure.
What's with the aurochs? Why aren't they worth 3pts or something? We also
encountered the hiccup in the rules regarding the Stonehenge tile. We
played it correctly though. I'm not sure if it's overpowered yet.
I think I took the win with Brian not far behind. Allen was a distant third.
Both Brian and I picked up a copy of H&G when we were done.
Money: Brian, Allen and Mark
Allen got revenge here and whopped Brian and I with a monstrous 800+ point
output in the third round.
Roll Call: Allen, Mark, Kevin and Harlan? Not sure about that last one,
but that's what her name sounded like.
Ra: Allen, Kevin, Harlan and Mark
Allen and I shot the breeze with Larry for a while and when a couple came
in looking for the Carcassonne expansion we gave our collective thumbs up
on Hunters & Gatherers. They sounded intrigued when Larry mentioned that
there was open gaming on Saturdays and he even convinced them to sit down
for a game.
The choice was easy as I had Ra under my arm and ready to go.
Although I love introducing folks to Ra (Allen mentioned he wouldn't have
picked it up had we not played a couple of weeks ago) I kind of feel bad
that it takes a game or two to *get* it. Hence I usually win against the
poor newbies. Oh well. I'll take the cheap wins where and when I can get
them. I'm a firm believer that God keeps a big book that tallies our wins
and losses. How He weighs the final tally when we approach the pearly
gates is a mystery only He can answer. Although I think I'll be okay when
my final tally is made I've become a bit concerned about the number of
asterisk games I've been involved in. ;-)
Kevin actually shot out of the gate on the strength of playing the
solitaire odds and getting no whammies in the first round. But I scored
steadily throughout, maintaining a lead in pharaohs despite his best
efforts (he made the rookie mistake of using several god tiles to pick off
pharaohs early in an epoch to try to race by me). Harlan kinda missed the
boat on civilizations and thus got tagged for the -5 every epoch. On top
of that she was last in the pharaoh race. But she did score big with the
monuments and managed to edge Allen for 3rd place.
Allen: 17 (need to practice with the family a bit more Allen!)
Kevin seemed to like the game and despite her poor showing Harlan gave it
half a thumbs up. What I found interesting about them was that they seem
to know Carcassonne inside and out, knew lots about the expansions and even
the different kinds of tiles involved (their layouts, etc.), but didn't
mention any other games they played. Is Carcassonne like Settlers in that
there are folks out there that don't play anything else? Perhaps this
explains why Larry sold 500+ copies of Carcassonne. There's a Carcassonne
cult in Providence!
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