[SR] MVGA Holliston 2006-12-28
- MVGA meets Thursday nights at 7pm in the
Masonic Hall in Holliston, on Route 16 just
east of the center of town. Turn north on
Church Place (which is more a driveway than
a street) to find parking.
We welcome visitors. We'll even
waive the $3.00 fee for your first visit.
Walt, Rich, Dan, Anton, Ian, Jeff
AGE OF STEAM
(Walt, Rich, Dan)
It was a holiday week, but there were 6
gamers at the Masonic Hall this week as
Rich and Dan were able to bring their
sons (there was no homework this week.)
We hadn't played Age of Steam at MVGA
since January 2004, almost three years
ago, and it was high time we gave this
great game another shot. We have several
of the Age of Steam maps, but we chose to
use the original "Rust Belt" map for our
Walt started out with a build in the west, Dan countered in the
east, and Rich tried to get the best of both worlds by starting in
the middle. Dan and Rich both pursued the popular "take a lot of
shares out and buy what you want" strategy. Walt opted for more of
a cheapskate strategy and managed to match his income to his costs
as early as Turn 3, eliminating the need to take out more shares.
This put him into a virtuous spiral, and he managed to finish tied
with Dan for the income lead despite the lower capitalization,
assuring him of a comfortable victory. Dan ended with a '6' train,
Walt with a '5', and Rich, who was squeezed, with a '4'.
Walt 111 = (33 income) x 3 - (7 shares) x 3 + 33 link hexes
Dan_ _97 = (33 income) x 3 - (9 shares) x 3 + 25 link hexes
Rich _85 = (29 income) x 3 - (10 shares) x 3 + 28 link hexes
Eric's rating: 9. I haven't played a game of Age of Steam since
way back in 2004, as most of the people I play with lost their
enthusiasm for the game. Even though I wasn't able to make it out
to MVGA this week, I'm glad to see it raised its head once again.
(Anton, Ian, Jeff)
I wasn't on hand to ask for additional information, so I have only
the final scores for this game. Jeff is a strong player (he won a
heat of Caylus at WBC last summer) and won by a fairly wide margin.
Final scores: Jeff 107, Anton 97, Ian 82
Eric's rating: 7. Caylus is one of those games that works well
from a mechanical standpoint but doesn't call out to me when I don't
play it for a while. I tend to prefer games that have a luck element
to ones that require significant look-ahead.
(Rich, Dan, Ian, Jeff)
I have only the three sets of scoring totals for this game. It was
clearly a close game all the way through.
First scoring: Ian 9, Rich 8, Dan 6, Jeff 6
Second scoring: Ian 39, Rich 35, Dan 34, Jeff 33.
Final scoring: Rich 103, Jeff 95, Ian 94, Dan 89
Eric's rating: 8. Ticket to Ride is my favorite SdJ winner since
El Grande, but Alhambra is a strong second. Many people criticized
this selection, but the only 2003 game I rank ahead of Alhambra is
Paris Paris, and it has gotten stronger over time. I've played the
game 39 times since it came out, and never fewer than 5 times in any