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Dan F
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Last night the wife; Karlee and I sat down for a board game, and with my 5 year old in the room I would be tortured with "Miracle on 34th Street" and various other santa shows, so the standard pedophile and recovering addict jokes had to go by the wayside shake still, I got the choice of which game to play.

Now Le Havre is a favorite of mine, and Agricola goes to Karlee, however she rarely likes FotM. With Le Havre out and ready to go I suddenly remembered the longing I had to play FotM when we last played 'gric. As I put away Le Havre I could feel the spirit of Stephen Duff (TheUnknownParkerBrother) shaking his head in disappointment over my shoulder. When we do play FotM we play the level 2 version and only once played level 3 (with occs). We both found the addition of occs to be insanely difficult to get on with any of the other improvements desperately needed and so haven't played that variant but the once. Until last night.

Before we played we agreed that we should set out the 3 player "pick any 1 resource" action card. Also Karlee admitted the fear she has of needing to fuel your house on top of everything else so she wanted to add 1 extra stage to the last 4 rounds (I agreeed of course cause that meant more play time, but also I want it to be fun).

Round 1
Karlee plays Hedge Keeper and Meat Seller she also grabbed a quick stone and took 2 clay, she was obviously trying to get a quick oven out in order to get to the furnace and quell her fears of fueling. She only picked up wood once during the round leaving me with it in abundance.

I got out the Wet Nurse and Pulley, taking wood, felling trees and getting the first pair of reed helped me to get out a room and a person under the Day Laborer action. All I could see was the vision of finishing round 1 with 4 people so I took reed again and pulled off the Wet Nurse Pulley combo once more. I had plenty of food from Hiring Fair and taking Day laborer so much it seemed over before it began.

Round 2
Well with all my family growth (resisting the temptation to make a joke about mormons, catholics etc...) this freed the stress of the building room space and first family growth action being taken. Karlee was able to get her Clay Oven major out as well as build and grow also playing Forest Hut.

I played Conservator and got out the first Fireplace I started to work my way to a stone house as well as the Stone Oven leaving the sheep to stack when Karlee took them, ugh I had forgotten Meat Seller and so instead I had to quickly get out the stone oven and bake in order to have the required food. I also used the Black Market to get out Goose Pond.

I began to wonder if getting out all these family members this early was more of a burden I had hardly a chance to get a food engine going and all the extra actions didn't seem to lead to actions that would add points more like collecting resources.

Round 3
Before we started I asked her if she still felt the need for an extra stage (I sure didn't but if she did we could still do it). She realized it wouldn't be that big a deal so we finished the game the right way.

Karlee would get out her Furnace which she did by Clandestine Work this round and also play Moldboard Plow which she would put to use right away and started to collect animals taking advantage of Hedgekeeper

I got out the third and final occ Early Riser followed that up with Animal Farm, did some more stone collecting and put out a couple stables. I also made the decision to get out a 5th room and person (seeing as wood was getting hard to come by and I would need to fence, this proved to put a lot of stress on the game).

Round 4

Saw Karlee plow and sow just before she renovated to clay and got out Oven Damper. she used various moves to get enough food and started planning for her next renovation by collecting reed.

I also plowed sowed and baked bread, we both collected veggies. I had the stone to reno but I wanted to use the + fences so I decided to wait on building fences and I now know this cost me points and animals in the end. I also played the loan card from FotM 'F' deck, however I misread the card as I only had 1 clay and wouldn't get the repayment this round.

Round 5

Karlee needed that Family Growth without action to come up and it did. She also fenced a couple pastures but couldn't take advantage of the minor she never got around to playing which allowed her to keep 2 animals on an unfenced pasture (can't remember the card). Costing her points. The tables had turned though she was in abundance of food and fuel while I was struggling on both fronts.

I finally had enough wood that allowed me to fence the rest of my farm and leave me with no unused spaces. So I fenced and renovated in 2 seperate actions but it at least allowed me to take more horses. However I was left with no more wood to fuel and would have to spend a night in the infirmary in the last round. I also collected more clay but it would not work out this round either. Since I would need to collect clay anyway I decided to get the Pottery and one way or the other would earn points from the clay I had.

Round 6
Karlee fenced again and renovated to stone. She also took another Family Growth without, and plowed more. Her farm sure did shape up quick from what it looked like early in round 5.

I had the luxury of having only the need to collect grain veggies and cattle for points. I baked bread and we moved on to scoreing...

Final Scores:
Karlee fields:4 Pasture:4 Grain:2 Veg:3 Sheep:1 Boar:2 Cattle:1 Horses:5 Unused: -2 Stables:2 Rooms:6 Family:15 Points from cards and bonus points:7
Total: 50

Dan fields:4 pastures:3 grain:4 Veg:4 Sheep: -1 Boar:2 Cattle:2 Horses:6 Stables:2 Rooms:10 Family:15 Cards + bonus:10
Total: 61


I just wanted to show Karlee's farm at the end with all that extra fuel

In the end all the extra actions were just way too much an advantage also I was a little guilty of hoarding wood which made it much harder for my wife. I think we might be playing the expansion a little more often now as some of the fears were put out and I found it much more enjoyable adding the Occs in.
Thanks for reading.
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Geoff Burkman
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Sorta like stepping through the door from B&W to Technicolor, isn't it?

Great report!
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MisterG wrote:
Sorta like stepping through the door from B&W to Technicolor, isn't it?

Great report!


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Thanks, much more enjoyable than I remember and thought it could be!
 
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Btw, with the early stone grab, your wife could have snagged the Peat-Charcoal Kiln, followed by a horse, and thus boosted her fuel-gathering potential, obviating the need to get the Furnace or Heating Stove.
 
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Re: Miracle on 132nd ave SE
That's funny cause I saw her eyeing it, and I didn't think of saying anything about it, but I think I should have grabbed it as well!
 
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