The Games We Play

The Games We Play

A repository of reports on the Wednesday night sessions of the club and anything else related to the club or boardgaming in general, which may be of interest to anyone who may be passing by.

Tuesday 23 February 2010

Oxcon 2010

Mike, went down to Oxcon this year to play Settlers, he sent this report

Well, in the end, as the driving conditions looked OK, I decided to go down to Oxford for Oxcon Sunday and go for the Settlers tournament.  Tournament organisation was frankly a bit shambolic, with the organiser forgetting that if he was to keep to the ambitious schedule of 5 games starting at 11 a.m. finishing before 5.30-ish then he'd better set strict time limits on rounds.  In the end we managed 4 rounds, 27 participants featuring two Halesowen Boardgamers - me and Mark Stretch. 

1st game was a disaster, got badly boxed in quickly and had to dump cards to a '7' throw twice in the first 5 rounds, never recovered and didn't even manage a city build before the end!  2nd game was much better but ultimately frustrating, I was unstoppably about to play my 3rd Knight card to take Largest Army and win, when the player going immediately before me got to 10pts to snatch victory!

After a long wait for it meant a hurried lunch, 3rd game was disappointing, the only game wrecked for me by lousy dice rolls, I was the only player not to benefit from 4's and there were ridiculous numbers of them.  It was a two-horse race more or less from the start and I think I was a distant joint third.  4th game started very bleakly, was only on three commodity types and another player accidentally blocked me from being able to build on a key commodity port - wouldn't have minded so much if he'd actually meant it!  However, managed to get some city building going, kept under the radar while the others attacked each other (there were a lot of 7's rolled and knights played), and the card accumulation kicked in, including a couple of rounds where I was sitting on 20+ commodity cards.  After being 1 card short of the Longest Road for a win, I had to sweat for a further two rounds (including one where I was robbed of the only card which losing stopped me winning!) before I finished things off with a satisfying win.

Didn't hang around for the results or presentation, but feel pretty confident I didn't miss the opportunity to be presented with a trophy... 

1 comment:

  1. I did not make Oxcon this year and I can't say I missed it. The dim lighting and general disorganisation is a put off but the biggest problem for me is the fact you can't park in Oxford so you have to use the park and ride, waiting for a bus on a Sunday in January is miserable.

    It sounds like you didn't trouble the leaders Mike. I do yearn for a couple of competitive games of Settlers.