SR: BBGG B.Good 8/31/05 - Closest Power Grid Game ever???
- Session Report Back Bay Gaming Group B.Good Dartmouth St Boston.
This was the largest showing yet for the Back bay gaming group there
were 6 of us in attendance. Charles, Rob (Beardless) Eno, Mark, Seana
Eaton, Matthew Gray and Making the trip from Porter Square was
everybody's favorite Cantabridgian Felix Rodriguez. Matthew Gray and
I seem to be evangelizing the Drunk Elvis pretty well because we got
Charles to try it tonight.
If you are a fan of Power Grid, keep reading, we played perhaps the
closest six player game of Power Grid ever played. It was pretty amazing.
Five of us were there by 6:15ish. All but Seana, who usually shows up
at 7:00 ish. After ordering food, we sat down to a game of Royal
Turf. I had played once before a long time ago. It's a pretty neat
racing game in which you win by gambling on the races. There are
three betting rounds that take place after you see how the horses
move. They move through the rolling of a die. The die has three
horse heads, one horseshoe, one saddle, and one jockey helmet. Each
player rolls the die and moves a horse. That horse can't move again
until all of them have moved. The winning horses of our three races were:
8/31/2005 Race Card at Dartmouth Downs
Win - Earl Gray
Place - Othello
Show - Sahara Wind
Win - Albino
Place - Caramello
Show - Earl Gray
Race Three - The Daily Double, payouts are doubled for this race
I forgot to write it down, Darnit! Sorry
Doing his best impression of Bob Neumeier Charles ran away with this
one. He made money in 7 of the nine possible spots. Two perfecta's
and a Superfecta.
1 - Charles - 3,150 British Pounds
2 - Felix - 1,950 British Pounds
3 - Mark - 1,450 British Pounds
4 - Matthew - 1,000 British Pounds
5 - Rob - 950 British Pounds
Seana showed up about 2/3 of the way through Royal Turf.
Now comes the main event. The closest six player Power Grid game I've
ever seen. I wonder if it is the closest? This game showed why Power
Grid is such an amazing game, you are never really out of it, there
are many ways to win, and man is it fun.
We used the United States side of the board. With six players only one
area wasn't used, in order to make the game more enjoyable for the two
newbies, we didn't use the territory gained by the US at the treaty of
Guadeloupe Hidalgo (The southwest).
At the start of the game it showed that many different people were
trying vastly different strategies. I started on the "green"
strategy, starting with clean powerplants at first, to save on fuel.
Felix had a power capacity of 15 cities by the third round, when he
only had 5 cities. Charles started building in the upper midwest and
had the whole northwest to himself. The tension really started
building the turn before the last. Both Mark and Matthew could have
built the 14th city to end the game but neither knew if they would
have won. So they didn't. That gave us the final round where all
players were able to get to a 15 city capacity for power plants! and
were able to fully power. It came down to the building. Seana
unfortunately could not build a 15th city and only built out to 14.
The rest of us were able to build a 15th city. So we had a 5 way tie
for First!! To be determined by the tie breaker of money. The final
scores are shown below:
1 - Charles - 15 Cities - 15 Powered - 73 electros
2 - Felix - 15 Cities - 15 Powered - 68 electros
3 - Mark - 15 Cities - 15 Powered - 46 electros
4 - Matthew - 15 Cities - 15 Powered - 24 electros
5 - Rob - 15 Cities - 15 Powered - 4 electros
6 - Seana - 14 Cities - 14 Powered - total of 15 capacity, one city
WOW, WOW, WOW - Felix will be posting a picture of this game board in
the file area.
We called it quits at 10 p.m. as all were pretty amazed by the game
and didn't really want to ruin the moment.. ;)
Felix and I have found a good groove, we are alternating hosting
duties between his apartment and B.Good for Wednesday gaming in
Greater Boston. I was happy to see Felix there.
On a more somber note, I'm including a link to the American Red Cross
Hurricane Relief fund below. The gaming session was a good release
from watching television and what has happened along our Gulf Coast.
The link to donate money is:
Have a great night, and happy gaming.