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Subject: 3 plays of PeakHope's Solitaire Variant rss

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Michael "Tie-Dyed-Eyes"
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Today it was just me at home, while my son had a friend over, so I thought I'd give a try to PeakHope's Solitaire variant of Bombay (http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/660538/solitaire-variant). It is a 2-player variant where you test your merchantish skills against a dice-controlled AI opponent named Maya.

My first play took about 30 minutes, and then, I played two more which took about 20 min each.

After my first play, I wondered if the game was too easy to beat, since I won 33-28. I built all 5 of my palaces, just to compete with Maya's impressive stack of Clients. I won the Client/Palace bonus (+4), and took the +8 rupee bonus for City Tokens, and kept Maya from getting any bonuses. Plus 10 rupees for my 5 Places. Add that to the 10 Rupees I had on hand by game end, and I surpassed Maya's impressive stack of money.

This game was tougher, Maya was doing quite a trade in Purple cubes, and twice sold a Purple cube for the lowest price which earns 2 clients. I was hard pressed to stay ahead of her, but again managed a clean sweep of the bonuses, the Client/Palace, +8 City Token Bonus, & Maya got nothing. But her ability to sell all her left-over cubes put her over the top, beating me 29 - to my 28.

The third play was even worse! She dealt almost exclusively in Yellow & Purple cubes (which have special bonuses over the Orange & blues). And her ability to sell at random cities hosed me twice, where I was en route to deliver a lucrative cube, and her dice roll caused her to drop in her delivery by parachute, beating me out of both the top sale price, and the City token. This time I failed to stem the Client Tide. She had 7 clients and 1 palace, compared to my 5 palaces and 1 client. +4 for Maya. My only real accomplishments were the 10 rupees for my palaces, and the 8 rupee bonus for City Tokens, which accounted for 18 of my measly 23 rupees. Maya pummeled my pachyderm with 43 rupees!

Pretty cool rules! Nice Job PeakHope!

Michael;
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Kevin B. Smith
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Thanks for the report. Glad to hear you enjoyed it, and that Maya managed to hold her own against you. meeple
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