[SR] GSG 07/14: Showmanager, Samurai, Glory to Rome, Kohle Kie$ and Knete
- ATTENDEES: Phil, Bob.C, Bob.S, Gary, Tory, Komron, Katie
GAMES PLAYED: Showmanager, Samurai, Glory to Rome, Kohle Kie$ and Knete
We gathered at my home in Cumberland to play games. Komron is Tory
and Gary's nephew who is visiting for a few weeks from California.
SHOWMANAGER: yBob, Phil, Tory, oBob, Komron, Gary
We started the evening with this splendid 6-player game of putting on
Broadway shows. Player order was Trumpet Old Bob, Keyboard Young Bob,
Bongo Phil, Guitar Komron, Harp Tory, and Panpipe Gary. In a weird
twist of fate, three of us put on one show (King Lear) while the other
three put on another show (Ballet) as their first show. I started a
crappy King Lear in Troisdorf because I knew that I would be borrowing
against it and I wanted to maximize the points for this putrid show.
Gary followed with a slightly better King Lear, while oBob put on a
King Lear with the exact same score as mine! I eventually out waited
oBob, as he borrowed heavily against his play first, and I borrowed
just enough to stay ahead of him. Meanwhile Tory started Ballet in
Hamburg, followed by yBob (with a better show) and Komron.
Komron picked up the rules of the game fairly readily, but seemed to
get stuck in the "Clear the Board" spiral at times as he searched for
the best cards. I managed to pick up a few 9pt actors, but
unfortunately for me they were all in different shows. I did manage
to collect enough quality actors to put on a decent Ballet and pip
yBob for the lead in that show. I then put on a good Queenie, but was
left, along with Tory and Komron, to scour the casting agencies for
Wolf actors. Towards the end of the game I was left with just 1000DM,
and there sat my highly-coveted Wolf-B actor, just waiting for me to
recruit him. With him I would complete Wolf with style, and finish in
the top three for that show.
But then it happened: yBob CLEARED THE BOARD!!!
AIGGGGGHHHHHHHH!!!!!! NOOOoooooooooooo!!!!!! I think I screamed like
a little girl. Not one of the replacement cards contained a Wolf
actor. And yBob didn't even select an actor, but instead put on his
last show while a satisfied evil half smile crossed his face. He knew
what he was doing. Since I could not clear the board, I instead put
on a crrrrappy Wolf (which ended up in fourth place).
In the end, yBob's end-game maneuver was sufficient to give him the
victory. Final scores were: 50, 48, 34, 31, 30, 27.
SAMURAI: Gary, yBob, Tory, Komron
Gary taught this game to Komron. I don't know the final tally, other
than Gary clobbered them.
GLORY TO ROME: Phil, Katie, oBob
Katie is newly addicted to this game of rebuilding Rome after Nero has
torched it. She desperately wanted to play, and oBob kindly consented
to join us. I grabbed a Legionary client early, and presumed that I
would focus on attacking the other players while adding items to my
stockpile. However, I then started and completed a Forum, and my
focus shifted to acquiring different clientele. I succeeded in
getting four different clients (Craftsman, Architect, and Patron
joined my Legionary), and then I led with a Laborer so that the pool
would be seeded with that role. Katie must not have been paying
attention, for she then led with a Merchant role to increase the
coinage in her vault, but this set me up for the coupus gratis. On my
turn, I led with the Patron, and scooped up the Laborer and Merchant
to end the game with an automatic victory. I think oBob was grateful
that the game ended early.
KOHLE, KIE$, and KNETE: Tory, yBob, Gary, Komrom, Phil, oBob
We ended the evening with this cutthroat game of deal-making.
Although the game really doesn't revolve around dice-rolling, I
none-the-less must have burst the good karma bubble, as I scooped up
the stray dice on the table and insisted that we use the one that came
with the game. I don't know why I did it -- I just get kinda ornery
when it approaches 10pm. But this action, I think, doomed me for the
rest of the game, as the only luck I ever got thereafter was of the
The turn order was oBob, Gary, yBob, Phil, Komron, and Tory. I
foolhardily started the first deal, ostensibly to show Komron how the
game was played. I figured that a deal worth a total of $8mil was
chump change and that no one would disrupt it. I, of course, was
wrong. Gary decided that my permanent "K" investor needed to go on
vacation, and as this investor was crucial to the deal (and no one
could produce a relative), this deal was killed. Komron then
attempted the same deal on his turn, and this time both he and I lost
our permanent investors to yBob and Gary. Although I did manage to
send the "K" investor out on vacation again to kill the deal, I then
played the rest of the game without a permanent investor. Two
subsequent attempts at securing one were stopped dead in their tracks.
Meanwhile, yBob seemed to be the nexus of most early deals and was the
clear leader. This perception persisted throughout the game, even as
Tory and Gary managed to score some big deals. Komron, oBob, and I
were left to fight for pity points and scrap shares. Tory managed to
get involved in the last deal of the game, and this gave her enough
cash to squeak by yBob for the win. Final scores were: 55, 49, 42,
29, 26, 19. Komron is most anxious to play this game again.
B O N U S C O V E R A G E
GSG 6/30: Nine of us met at Mark's house. Mark, Zach, Greg, Gary, and
yBob played Last Night on Earth (I think), while Tory, yBob, Eric and
I played Wasabi (won by Tory), Ubongo (won by Tory), and St.Petersburg
(won by me). Old Bob and I then left, so I don't know what was played
GSG 6/23: Five of us met at Anthony's house -- Anthony, Phil, Mark,
Bill, and Gary. We played DiceTown (won by Bill), CutThroat Caverns
(which we abandoned, as this "Take That" game was more frustrating
than entertaining), Traumfabrik (won by me), and Diamant (won by
Mark is hosting the next GSG session on 7/21.
Eastern MA Gaming
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important, not the winning."
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