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.

Thursday 31 July 2014

Games Played 30 July 2014

19 people this week and the initial split was to 4 tables, 6,5,4,4. Games played were Power Grid, ...Und Tchuss, El Grande, Guillotine, Among the Stars, Nations, Havana and Lost Legacy: The Starship, the last 2 being played for the first time.

6 of us gathered to play the 100th game of Power Grid at the club. Gordon & I had played in the first one 10 years and 2 days before. This one was played on the Quebec board using the big deck so with 6 players the whole of the board was in play. I was musing in a previous post how using the big deck would involve a reevalauation of the definition of an end game plant, but with 6 players those thoughts are probably not as applicable as the game end trigger is 15 (compared with 18 for 5 players and 20 for 4 players), not much different to the 14 which applies with the standard deck.

The Quebec board seems to have a fair number of cheapish connections between (and including Quebec itself and Montreal) surrounded by much more expensive connections stretching out is 3 directions from there. After you get past the expensive connections there are then some relatively cheaper connections at the edge of the board. In this game we all seemed to concentrate in that Quebec to Montreal meaning that some of us got blocked in briefly before Jonathan headed north of Quebec and started step 2.

Once step 2 started we were essentially into the end game as everyone spread out, although I think that Bob, Gordon and Jaime were somewhat confined at this stage, while Jonathan, Isabel and I had better access to free sites. Jonathan ended the game when he had the capacity to power 14 cities to give him the game. Had the game gone on another turn, Bob would probably have been favourite as he had a lead in capacity (16 cities), but that would have depended on whether step 3 started before phase 4. There was one plant left to draw before the step 3 card, so if Jonathan had built only to 14 step 3 would have started as the lowest plant in the market was 14 and would have been discarded, likely meaning that at least one plant would have been bought in phase 2, triggering step 3. If he had only built to 13, plant 14 would not have been discarded and the state of the plant market would likely have meant no plant was bought so step 3 would not have started. This would have brought Bob and me into play and I think Bob would have won, but possibly he would have been stopped by not having the 20 cost city sites available. That last is all irrelevant of course because the game didn't go that far. It's unusual in our games not to get to step 3, but in this case the 6 extra plants in the deck made the difference.

After that Gordon departed and we played a quick game of  ...Und Tschuss, then I got together with Mike and Mark for a couple of games of Guillotine.

Mike's main game of the evening was El Grande, which I seem to recall was played quite often many years ago, but this was only its fourth outing since I've been keeping records. It's a game that I would enjoy if not for one thing, that being the Castillio. That (or more precisely the redistribution of pieces after it has been scored) just kills it for me.

Making a reappearance after 3 months off the table was Nations which seems to be this year's new hotness at the club.

Full results for the week.

Havana - 35 Mins.
1Steve W15
4Chris S0
Lost Legacy: The Starship - 45 Mins.
2Chris S2
2Steve W2
Power Grid - 110 Mins.
1Jonathan M14
2Dave D11
...und tschuss! - 20 Mins.
2Jonathan M38
4Dave D29
El Grande - 150 Mins.
3Mark W94
4James S85
Guillotine - 10 Mins.
2Dave D12
3Mark W10
Guillotine - 15 Mins.
2Mark W18
3Dave D16
Among the Stars - 75 Mins.
1Steve W96
2Chris S90
Nations - 180 Mins.
2Steve H43
3Dave F22
4Steve Pe20

Full details for July 2014
Monthly list at BGG for July 2014

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