SOG SR: Feb 2: Hick Hack, Domaine
- Session Report: February 2, 2004
Games Played: Hick Hack in Gackelwack, Domaine
Gamers: Lowell, Marianne, Joyce, Sara, Josh, Chip, (Chris, Vitas, Lewis, Rob, Nancy)
Thanks to Chris for hosting.
HICK HACK (0:16)
To get the ball rolling, I pushed for a quick game of Hick Hack. In a karma-induced reversal, I patiently explained the rules as Josh interrupted with questions (:
Not much to say about this quick light game - Marianne challenged every time, Josh bemoaned his fox-filled hand, and Sara quietly gathered chickens and feed for the win. Good way to start off the night as other gamers arrived.
Vitas: 22 (won)
Chip: 22 (lost)
I really wanted to get a game of Domaine in, so I started it shortly after Hick Hack. It's a good sign of the game that Sara and Vitas (who had just played Domaine two days ago) were anxious to play again. Lowell was vaguely familiar with Lowenherz and picked up the rules quickly.
I sought out and captured two mines early in the game to get off to a good start. I didn't hold them for long before Lowell took them away from me. Lowell and I dueled over this rich plot of land for most of the game (including, I think, at least three treachery cards), while Vitas and Sara battled over the central city.
During the last few turns, I realized that my lead would be threatened if I didn't get one of the "most gold" bonuses at the end of the game. As I completed my third domain, I had to choose between spending 3 extra gold to enclose an additional forest or saving my gold for the bonus. I choose poorly. I didn't get the bonus, which allowed Vitas (with the 5 points bonus) to tie my score. As ties are broken my the most gold, Vitas won.
This is a great game. I hope to play it again soon.