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.

Sunday 11 May 2014

Games Played 7 May 2014

17 in attendance this week, so a good start to May. A new face was another Andy (G) who I believe came along with Dave G. 9 games were played these being World Without End, San Juan, Suburbia, Carcassonne (2 games inc. 1 with Winter Edition), Kingsburg, Alien Frontiers, Love Letter (x2).

I played World Without End with Steve H, Dave F and Bob. The events weren't kind in this game for anyone, chapter 2 in particular, forcing people to discard a card instead of taking an action, this was particularly hard on Bob, who was already suffering a similar penalty for failing to meet his obligations at the end of the previous chapter, this think carried forward into not being able to meet obligations in that chapter too.

In this game, Dave earned a lot of points through medicine, while Steve seemed to go with a mixture of that and building. I was mainly into building although I picked up a few medicine points right at the end.  I was doing well early on, but I think I lost out due to the tower being auto-completed at the beginning of the final chapter, this meant I couldn't get full use out of my building project action in that chapter and also gave Dave the 3 points for having most loyalty when completion happened. Later in the chapter I would have had at least as much loyalty as Dave. I think that Dave and I were the only ones meeting our obligations in every chapter.

The other game was San Juan. Dave scored a large amount of points through an early harbour together with a Guild Hall. Steve had a high basic score for buildings and picked up the Cathedral which scored him 10, due to Dave & I's 6 buildings. I had an array of 6 buildings, City Hall, Guild Hall and Palace. I should note that the results here are different to those which were recorded on Wednesday evening, when I looked at the scores afterwards, I realised that I had made a mistake in valuing my 6 buildings (counting my production buildings as only 1 for Guild Hall instead of 2), so I had an extra 2 points which was enough for the win.

The other games are shown at the top of the post. Kingsburg is a new game to the club, but I remember playing it with Mike and Steve at Burton a couple of years ago. It seemed to be far to depended on the dice rolls for a game of its length, this being exacerbated by the fact that it is a worker placement game with the usual problem that I have with that mechanic in games.

Alien Frontier was played for the second time at the club, the only previous play being almost exactly 3 years ago (11/5/2011).

After some thought I have recorded Carcassonne: Winter Edition with Carcassonne because it is apparently identical to the first game with different artwork. Chris has commented here that an expansion was used, but it has always been the practice not to differentiate between games played with and without expansions.

Full results are as follows.

World Without End - 100 Mins.
1Dave F48.5
2Dave D46.5
3Steve H41.5
San Juan - 40 Mins.
1Dave D33
2Steve H32
3Dave F31
Suburbia - 120 Mins.
1James S116
2Andy G102
4Dave G84
Carcassonne - 30 Mins.
2James S70
3Dave G65
4Andy G59
Kingsburg - 120 Mins.
5Chris S14
Carcassonne - 40 Mins.
2Chris S86
Alien Frontiers - 120 Mins.
1Steve W9
2Gary B6
4Mark W4
Love Letter - 5 Mins.
1Mark W3
2Steve W2
Love Letter - 5 Mins.
1Mark W3
2Steve W2

1 comment:

  1. Suburbia was a blast. A little lighter than Tzolkin, Nations and Russian Railroads but still satisfying and it allows time for a filler before home time.