9/24 SNOB SR
- People: Matthew, Brian, Ronald, Chris (not on the list) & Mike (also not on the list)
Games: Girl Genius: The Works, Mamma Mia, Fast Food Franchise
I arrived at almost 8 and found Ronald and Brian waiting. We brought
out "Girl Genius: The Works". Cute game, and I thought it worked
fairly well with 3, but more seems like it would be pushing it.
Overall a surprisingly close game with near the very end Ronald and
Brian in the high 70s and 80s and me at 99. They didn't manage to
take the win away, though Ronald had a lot of dirigibles.
While we were finishing GG:tW, Chris and Mike arrived and started a
game of Mamma Mia. I don't believe they finished it.
I was eager to try Fast Food Franchise again (I had first played it
over a year ago, when I first met Jonathan) and we rapidly punched it
out, ran over the rules, and observed the Monopoly similarities.
Early on, I picked up "Ice Cream Scream", Ronald didn't anticipate
Chris' selection of Chicken Surprise, Michael grabbed the Pizza, and
in a move that none of us noticed the appropriateness of, the player
named Ronald started a Burger chain. Rapidly, my ice cream stores
expanded through the Great Lakes region, occupying Chicago and
Minneapolis, and growing in overall size. Chris picked up the
Chocolate chain on the west coast, just because it sounded yummy and
rapidly decided he had made a mistake. Ronald grabbed the donut
stores in the southwest. Michael somewhat reluctantly started a
family restaurant chain in St. Louis. I didn't pick up Steak & Salad.
The pizza chain snapped up the Northeast markets, though my rapidly
expanding ice cream company started up a new chain in DC and
eventually boxed the pizza into their little northeastern market, as
ice cream grew into detroit and gradually south. Meanwhile, chicken
mania raged across the south, donuts in the southwest, and a sizable
donut chain on the west coast.
Unfortunately, the family chain never really took off, and due to
being boxed in in the northeast, Mike was suffering. Soon, he was on
a fast trail to bankruptcy, and all the other players except me were
having cash flow issues. Michael landed on the chocolate, ice cream
and chicken a little to often and soon his coffers were drained,
mostly to Chris, and somewhat to me. Ronald's burgers in Atlanta and
Dallas didn't have much room to grow given the overwhelming growth of
Chris' Chicken. Fortunately, his donut franchise grew strong, but not
enough. Soon, Chris and I were the only real hopes of holding out
against bankruptcy. Unfortunately, my massive northern chain of ice
cream shops proved productive in terms of dividends (over $200,000 per
passing of Start, near game end), they were fairly weak in income
(only $90k) compared to the chicken and chocolate juggernauts ($120k &
$144k respectively). Futher, the chicken and chocolate just covered
more markets. In the end, Chris managed to get the $1 million
required to win. Final positions were:
Chris' Chicken & Chocolate: >$1 million
Matthew's Ice Cream Only: ~ $380k
Ronald's Burgers & Donuts: hovering above bankruptcy
Mike's FamilyStyle dining and NewEngland pizza: Bankrupt
Throughout the game, comments to the effect of "this is what Monopoly
should be like" were repeated frequently. I feel Monopoly is a poor
property game and a mediocre negotiation game. FFF is a great
property game. Despite the game taking almost 3 hours, it was a
blast. All who played seemed to agree. I'm even more pleased with
this game on my second play. Definitely a winner. I think the game
has some minor flaws, but it's so much FUN, I don't care :-)
Finally, the pleasant surprise for those of you who read all the way
to the end of this message: I've spoken to the Your Move Games manager
several times, and they've agreed to give a 10% Unity Games discount.
It's not a Scholars' 30%, but for those of us who frequent YMG and a
bit farther north, it should prove nice. I'll send the details about
the discount (and there are details) tomorrow.