5 players this week, which was a good number for Amun-Re. Looking back at my records I see that my previous play of this game was in December 2006, so I was well past due for another game, based on my usual thought that once every 6 months is a good rate.
After the old kingdom, Dave C had already moved into a good lead with 19 points, I think the usual 3 pyramids in a set, with most on one side of the Nile, 2 power cards and a temple. I think Mike was next up on 13 with the other majority, followed by Andy on 8, and Ben & I tied on 6, I had been unable to secure any useful power cards at that point, but I was holding 3, which I hoped to use in the new kingdom.
The new kingdom was a very fertile time, Andy had 17 farmers, while I had 12 and between us we were able to ensure that the income was at least 3 throughout, whereas it had not got above 2 in the old kingdom. I came unstuck on turn 5, when I placed a 0 point bid on Thebes (a good province, coming with 2 power cards) in the expectation that I would be able to move and grab a more useful province later. I was somewhat surprised that I was left with it, as players decided that they would not spend that round, I think the highest spend for any of the 5 provinces was 1. In normal circumstances I would have been happy to get such a province for nothing, but as things were it rendered 2 of my saved power cards useless. In the final round I made what turned out to be a mistake when buying stuff, I bought 4 building stones, which with a builder card allowed me to build a 4th pyramid in one province and leave 2 stone in another. I expected the 4 pyramids would frighten off any challenge for majority on my side of the Nile and I would be able to complete the pyramid in the other province (and a set) after the sacrifice. I should have bought another stone however because Ben did it across me by spending all his money to build to 5 pyramids in another province on the same side, so I was forced to use all my 3 picks from winning the sacrifice to build a 5th pyramid to match Ben, leaving the second pyramid (and a set) in the other province incomplete, so losing 2nd place (it was already fairly obvious at this stage that Dave was going to win). I may also have been better off spending a couple more in the sacrifice forcing the harvest up to 4, which would have earned me a couple more temple points.
In the final scoring Andy had most money (about 80) from Dave, them me (both of us in the 40's), leaving a dominant victory for Dave C.
Amun-Re 120 mins