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.

Wednesday, 9 March 2011

Session Report - 23 February 2011

6 this week and a 3 way split.Games were London, Ra: The Dice Game, 20th Century and Puzzle Strike.

Donald, Steve & I played London. There have been many comments elsewhere about how various cards are broken, one of which often crops up being Omnibus. Now I get the impression that a lot of the problems people see, or think they do, concern the 2 player game, which I have never played, but I have never seen the problem in games I’ve played (this being number 9).

This game is a case in point in that I laid down both omnibuses in my first playing of cards. I made enough money that cash on hand earned me 20+ points at the end and I ended up with the least poverty, yet I finished second in a high scoring game to Donald, who had higher scoring boroughs with some Undergrounds and scored more points during the game.
Posn.
Player
Score
1
Donald
78
2
Dave D
74
3
Steve H
56
Following that we played San Juan, this being the 50th game played at the club, making this the second game to reach that milestone. I actually won this one with help from Steve who picked Councillor a lot (having Prefecture), while I had Prefecture as well, so I could pick Prospector a lot with help from my Library.
I ended up with a nice spread of violet buildings with City Hall and a Palace, together with a Chapel with a few cards stored away.  Steve made a lot of points with an early Chapel which had a lot of cards by game end, while Donald suffered by trying a Production strategy without help from wither Steve or me, he also couldn’t find Guild Hall(one of them was under my Chapel).
Posn.
Player
Score
1
Dave D
45
2
Steve H
35
3
Donald
19
Over on the other table there was a game of 20th Century.
Posn.
Player
Score
1
Dave F
139
2
Mike
106
3
Claire
82
Followed by Puzzle Strike. Dave had this game at the club the week before (I thing Steve and Nigel brought it for him) and spent some of the time punching out the pieces. This is the latest in the trend for deck building games, although this is slightly different in that it doesn’t involve cards, but chips (although I’m inclined to agree with Donald (I think it was) who said they were more like Pogs or Tazos) which are collected in a bag and then drawn at random. This doesn’t sound like a bad idea as I imagine it would probably be easier to randomise a bag of chips than a deck of cards (if you aren’t an expert shuffler).

As to the game I gather that Mike wasn’t that keen, I haven’t played but I gather that it’s and elimination game which could be a problem if the game were to go on too long. This game was recorded as 45 minutes, which sounds a lot but may be down to the fact that it was the first game. The time mentioned on BGG is 20 minutes.
Posn.
Player
Score
1
Dave F
0
2
Mike
0
3
Claire
0

February 2011, Meetings 4, Games 20, Average Attendance 7.25


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