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Re: Invitation to Games - 28 Sep

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  • Dave
    I ll be there this week. See you then. Dave
    Message 1 of 4 , Sep 26, 2011
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      I'll be there this week. See you then.


      --- In trivalleygamers@yahoogroups.com, "Richard Pardoe" <RPardoe@...> wrote:
      > LAST WEEK:
      > Glad to see Scot return for another session to make it four players (Tim,
      > Dave, Scot & Rich), the perfect number to try out my just received copy of
      > VINTAGE - a game of producing port (wine) in Portugal. Mechanistically, a
      > fairly simple game (yes, we jumped right into the normal game instead of the
      > family-friendly simple game also offered in the rules) of action placement
      > to do the things associated with wine production. A player can buy an
      > estate, plant vineyards in an estate, harvest from the vineyard, move the
      > harvest to the cellars, age and sell the cellared port wine. The gimmick in
      > this game is that for some actions, the first use costs 1 action point, the
      > second use 2 action points, etc. Other actions are limited to once per turn
      > etc. With only 7 turns in the game, this is a game of managing the
      > production engine efficiently. After a bit of stumbling around the rules in
      > the first turn, we got the actions under our belt and away we went. Tim
      > quickly focused on expanding his estate holdings to delay early harvests
      > (not really worth much) in favour of more valuable harvests later. Rich
      > and Dave opted to expand their first estates (but realized later on that
      > those locations are probably better suited to brandy production so probably
      > wasted a tempo or two.) Scot also expanded his estate and managed to plant
      > vineyards cheaply as the other players seemed to have other plans (and
      > actions to spend). The VPs start of pretty low and pretty equal but then in
      > the last third of the game the differences in the foundation establish in
      > the first part of the game start to reveal themselves. Rich made the
      > critical error of running out of brandy, so couldn't harvest anything in his
      > last turn. (In order to harvest port wines - the harvest needs to be mixed
      > with already produced brandy.) A mistake compounded by missing the tempo
      > count on card play and being unable to play a desired card. Tim's double
      > estates in the most valuable region yielded a nice havest in the last turn
      > to push him ahead of Scot and Dave:
      > Tim: 40 / Dave: 33 / Scot: 31 / Rich: 16
      > THIS WEEK:
      > Lots of games available for a variety of player counts. Rather than
      > identify anything now, would like to get a player count and use that to
      > select some candidate games. Who can attend (and what if anything might be
      > interesting to play) at..
      > GAMES:
      > ***************************************
      > Wednesday Night, 18:30 to ~21:00
      > My house in San Ramon
      > (Contact me off-list if you need directions)
      > ***************************************
      > - Rich
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