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Shefford Friday night games

This is a short description of the games we play at our Friday night game group.

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Friday 21st April 2017

Sharon Khan
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Last Friday there were just 3 of us!! We started with Terraforming Mars, which Sami managed to win. It was a slightly strange game as all the awards bar one were very close right to the end of the game, so no-one really wanted to spend their money claiming them - eventually Simon claimed the income one, only to see Sami push his income past his to get first place.

After that we introduced Simon to Galaxy Trucker. The first round was quite tame as usual, but I managed to pick up a lot of goods and score. The second round was probably the most boring second round I've seen - also very tame, with nothing of note happening except everyone getting some goods. The third round our ships took more damage, particularly towards the end of the flight, but we all survived, although minus half our crew and cargo. Sami and I ended on the same final score - but then I remembered my luxury passengers, which meant I claimed the win!

After that we moved onto Tzolk'in: The Mayan Calendar, in which all three of us went for the building strategy. The other two both went up the building track, while Simon and I also went up the goods one. I however built more buildings than either of them in the first half, despite the lack of discount and points, while Simon was starving, and Sami was getting an impressive of number of points from the buildings he was building. I had no food worries anymore, so spent the second half of the building buying a couple of monuments, but this wasn't enough to overtake Sami's building score, although I came very close.

We then played a game of Vikings, which was very close in final score, but Sami just pipped Simon for the win. The attackers all came out in the final round, which made for a slightly odd early game. That finished very quickly so we still had time for Weed! to finish with, and with me picking up Podzilla the first two hands to put me in the lead, and then not realising that Simon had four plants down in the last round and could finish, I won, but it felt slightly accidental!
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Friday 14th April 2017

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Last Friday we were 7. We started with a 6 player Take it Easy! while waiting for the 7th to arrive - with some of the highest all round scores I've seen, after I drew all the 9s and eight of the 8s, and everyone scored quite a few of both. Simon and Marion tied for the win with 192, Simon scoring all the 9s, while Marion scored eight 8s.

We then split into two. After some discussion about who would be on the Terraforming Mars table, Seasons tabled on the other table. I was in the Terraforming Mars game, teaching Lisa the game. I set up a nice space event game, with Lisa going heavily for plants, Simon for buildings, and James collecting huge numbers of cards in hand! The end dragged a bit, as no-one quite wanted to increase the temperature to end the game. I won comfortably, not really a surprise given how many more times I've played it than anyone else, but Lisa managed to sneak second place ahead of Simon by just one point, Simon kicking himself as he made a mistake that cost him that one point on the last turn - forgetting he could discard a card to get the extra cash he needed to get it.

After that we split and merged again, this time upstairs playing Time's Up, while I played a 3 player Terra Mystica with Simon and James. I was Chaos Magicians, and didn't get going very fast early on, not getting any early power, but then from turn 3 suddenly I was getting huge gifts of power, although was giving in almost as many points as I was making, but my production then went flying up and I was able to build three towns, top every track, and get largest region! All these end-game points sent me flying past Simon at final scoring, who was last on all four tracks and smallest region with his Darklings. James's Dwarves looked really good for the first three turns, doing a traditional Dwarf spread, but then they stalled a bit and he couldn't catch Simon with his end-game points.

The others were on the last round so we played a couple of fillers - Timeline: Music & Cinema, in which I had a complete disaster and James just pipped Simon, and Saturn, which was new to James, where I just pipped Simon.

We then all joined in together for a 7 player 7 Wonders, where I won with Colossus B and some impressive Guilds, and maximum military, while everyone else was clustered on points about 15 points behind me, with Seb just ahead of the rest of the pack.
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Friday 7th April 2017

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We were 8 this week, and with a new game arrival (well, actually two copies of it, but that's a separate story), it was obvious what one table was going to play. Orleans was picked for the other table, and I taught Terraforming Mars to my table. It took a few turns before people grasped exactly what to do, in particular the difference between resources and income, but then the game started to flow - but no-one was actually Terraforming Mars. Marion was setting up a science empire, I was setting up a titanium one, and Simon and John were both building cities galore, but the tracks all remained at zero. Then I went on a lake building spree, and very rapidly the 9 lakes were on the board, but the temperature was still at rock bottom - despite Marion's huge power/heat income, and there was very little oxygen in the air. Then we moved onto plants, and the board rapidly filled up with forests, moving the oxygen up, and eventually the temperature followed, John having a huge heat stockpile which pushed it up rather. At end-game I had a huge number of end-game points from my cards, while Marion had a fair number, and Simon had lots of points on the board, but not quite enough to stay ahead of Marion.

The other table had been playing some other games, but timed their end to coincide with ours, and I suggested Breaking Away, while Terra Mystica found its way onto the other table. Lisa got off to a good start, staying near the back of the pack, while Sami picked up first place in the first sprint, I picked up quite a few of the other places, and Marion lost her first bike on turn two!!! (Not sure I've seen that before!). Then I managed to get at the back of the pack with Lisa, and the two of us amassed some nice large numbers, while Sami and Marion were struggling to get numbers bigger than 4 for most of their bikes. At the second sprint Sami again got first place, but then his bike was locked into 3s for the rest of the race, while I picked up second place with a similarly slow bike. But the pack behind was building up energy, and in the sprint for the finish Lisa and I got the most points, with me winning and Lisa in second, while the other two tied for third place.

My next suggestion was Medici, which Lisa didn't recognise at first - sadly Reiner's games often don't come out much nowadays. On the first round six cards were junked quite rapidly, meaning that someone was going to have a short boat. Lisa managed a good boat total, but one of each good, while Marion and I had to bid for a set that was worth both of us first place in the boat total, and left the other person in third place (I'd been lucky with drawing three cards from the top of the deck to guarantee me third place ahead of Sami). Marion was bidding last, so topped my bid, and flew out into the lead (it was worth more to her than me). Then the second round and Marion was again lucky with boat total, while Sami was again unlucky, and I got the only two furs in the round, which Sami had been collecting. This put Marion even further ahead, with Lisa and I about twenty points behind and Sami behind that. There was no catching Marion after that, even with her making a mistake on goods type and bidding for the wrong goods (but they were high numbers). I just managed to squeak second place ahead of Lisa.

We then finished with a quick The Bucket King, when Lisa was out very early, losing a blue bucket in the middle of the bottom row of her almost full pyramid to a 2 blue. The rest of us all got down to two or three buckets, but Sami had lots of cards in my weak suit, so was able to put me out first, while Marion was just able to hold out for the win.
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Friday 24th March 2017

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We started with a few hands of Escalation! while waiting for our sixth to arrive. Colin won by absolutely miles, getting the impressive score of 10 off three rounds, while all the others were in the 30s, and I had considerably more than that!

We then split into two tables, and after some discussion settled on Great Western Trail and Terra Mystica. Great Western Trail was new to James so we started with a rules explanation, then got going. I went for very much a race strategy this time, flying through the board over and over again, rapidly increasing my hand size, and actually ended up with a set of value 18 twice, although only claimed San Francisco once, as it was more points to get the next one down. This seemed to work well. James got a fairly typical score for a first timer, while John had his lowest score so far.

We then played a quick game of Timeline while the others finished up, and then merged and split again. This time I was on the Puerto Rico table, with Sami and James, and was lucky enough to be dealt the corn start, which I followed up with an early coffee, some sugar, and more corn, for a traditional corn/harbour/shipping strategy, although I didn't manage to get a large building, settling for a wharf instead, as I could see the game was about to end. Sami went for a quarrying/building strategy, but accidentally ended the game a round earlier than he wanted. James went indigo shipping. The early end benefitted me most, and I won by a handful of points, with Sami just pipping James to second place by one point!

The others were only halfway through Tzolkin, so we played Orléans next. Sami went for a building strategy, James went for a red strategy, and I went white/brown, and while both Sami and James went flying up the book track I meandered around the board instead, picking up lots of goods. Sami was getting cash for stars every turn, while James was trashing everything he bought on the bonus board. This turned out to be the victorious strategy, with me just pipping Sami to second place.

We then all joined together for a game of Ave Caesar, in which Sami and I were the only people to finish in all four races, but while Sami was comfortably in first position, I ended up in fifth, with only Simon behind me, who had managed to fail to finish in two races! Although I finished every time, I was last to finish in every race but one! We then played a 7 Wonders game, in which Simon won again, with an impressive 37 score from Guilds - helped by sitting between two science players and getting the science guild! The two science players he was sitting between were second and third, with Colin just beating Sami to second by having more points outside of science, in particular in military. I had a nice 34 in blue, but almost no other points, and languished in last place.

At that point we finished with a Jungle Speed. It was new to John, so anyone who knows the game will know what happened to him! Simon was also not very familiar with the game, and took one costly pile, that meant he was safely in fourth place. Colin, James and I, who have all played many times, all ended running out our decks at roughly the same time, and all waiting to be the one to finish the game by grabbing successfully, but it was James's card that turned up first, and he was able to beat John to the grab for the win.
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Mon Mar 27, 2017 1:13 pm
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Friday 17th March 2017

Sharon Khan
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Last Friday we were 7 and started by splitting into two tables. With my new purchase, Great Western Trail, sitting on the table, naturally that was one of the two suggestions, while Lynne was keen to try Paperback, so that went downstairs. I explained the rules to Lisa, while the others set up, and we got started. I was dealt the building start card, so decided to go for a heavy building strategy, buying a builder every time I went past the appropriate tile, and rapidly filling the board up with buildings. However, his had the knock-on effect of firstly other people doing the same, and secondly it starting to cost an awful lot to move through the board, not to mention being very slow as there were so many buildings in the way! Simon in particular was finding himself really struggling for cash, and this was hampering his ability to do anything, when he was trying to set up a cow/cattlemen strategy. I won fairly comfortably with John second, and Simon having the impressively low score of 19 - he was just relieved it wasn't negative!

We then played a quick game of Qwixx while the others finished their Feast of Odin game - with Simon having a disaster in this too, while John, who it was new too, managing to come second to me. Both Lisa and John were quite lucky that the game ended when it did though, because of me rolling a 2, as otherwise they were due to take lots of misrolls, as neither of them could take any more numbers other than 2s or 12s!

Two players left at this point, so the remainder of us sat down to a 5 player game of El Grande. The first set of the game did not go Lisa's way, and she was miles behind the rest at first scoring, while John started a major competition with Sami for Old Castile. I had pulled ahead at that point by getting lots of second places, but Sami actioning "score first place in every region" soon caught everyone else up on me! Simon then tried to target me to keep my score under control as I started pulling ahead, and managed to overtake me at second scoring, with Lisa getting right back into the game and catching up everyone else - and the scores at second scoring being fairly close. Then in the third era everything somehow just seemed to go my way, and I just pulled further and further ahead, so at final scoring the rest were all within three points of each other, with me being over 20 points ahead!! Not quite sure how that happened, other than second places were definitely my friend!

John then suggested La Boca so I introduced that to the group. Scores weren't as high as I've seen in some games, with the red block proving particularly problematic in a couple of cases, and I won with 25, just ahead of John and Simon both on 22.

We finished the evening with a game of Terra. Here John was the one to have a disaster, when on the second round he mixed up the Aztecs and Incas and lost all his cubes to location placement of the Inca tribe, and unfortunately couldn't get into the game after that, as he just kept running out of cubes while the rest of us had a couple of nice cards which were quite high scoring, with lots of obvious regions to go for. I won again, making it five for five for the evening, with Lisa in second place.
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Friday 10th March 2017

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Last Friday we were 9, so started by splitting into two tables (to save me having to clear a third!). Trickerion and Terra Mystica were suggested, and easily tabled, with me playing in the 5 player Terra Mystica game. As usual in 5 player, there was lots of competition. Sami won again, with Halflings, with Simon ending up in second with Chaos Magicians, but it was a fairly close game.

Sami then chose Power Grid, and in a strange game with lots of garbage (or fermentation plants), in which Sami didn't have much luck playing the top of the deck. I thought I'd overpaid badly for a couple of power plants, but actually they turned out to be good buys. Everyone except Sami powered the same number of houses on the final turn, with just 9 cash separating 1st and 4th place, and Martin in the lead.

We then played Paperback, a relatively new acquisition of mine. It was closer than usual, but I was still victorious, just one point ahead of Sami! Sami had decided early to go for all the 5 point wilds, while I held on and ended up getting some more high value ones, but only just enough to stay ahead of him!

The other game was looking like it would finally finish soon, so I suggested World Cup Tournament Football. We picked a wonderfully unimpressive selection of teams for the tournament. Simon won the actual tournament with one of his teams, but in points it was actually a 5 way tie!!!

The other table had finally finished, and Marion and Ellie left at that point, so we finished with a 7 Wonders, 7 player, which Simon won.
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Friday 3rd March 2017

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This Friday we were just 6, after a few last minute drop-outs. James had brought Scythe along, and Simon and John were both keen to play that, so the remaining three of us headed downstairs with Paperback. I won, thanks to being able to make some long words early on for the bonus cards, as well as getting one of the larger point wild cards, while Sami and Gill were mostly taking the smaller ones.

I then suggested Black Vienna, as Gill likes deduction games. Gill realised early on that her method of marking wasn't working and had to switch, but lost information doing so. Meanwhile Sami and I were both close, and both needed information on the same letter, which eventually Gill provided, so we both finished on the same turn - me first, as I'd already done the deduction, but Sami had enough information to get the same answer a minute or so later.

I then suggested Dos Rios, which I hadn't played for nearly 5 years. It was new to Gill, so we explained the rules and then got going. Gill got to start, and had the most amazing first turn, as it was river and she got herself in prime position to get 5 cash and a wood off the first turn! Sami and I couldn't get anything like that income, especially when the bandits came along! She was a house ahead all game, and two ahead of me by the end, as Sami did do some catch-up work. She only didn't finish a turn earlier because she couldn't buy two houses in one turn!! (We made sure she had one she couldn't irrigate).

The other table were nearly finished at this point, so we decided to play a few hands of Boggle while we were waiting. Gill had a terrible first round, as she usually plays without 3 letter words, and I was still ahead at the end of the second - but then we played a third round, and it is almost impossible to beat Gill in a three round game! She romped to victory!

We then joined together for some 6 player gaming, firstly Ave Caesar. The first round was a bit of a disaster for Simon, John and I as we all went round too many outside bends and finished short. Simon and I then redeemed ourselves by finishing first and second in the next race, while John again failed to finish! The last two races were quite tame by comparison, on the yellow track, with Sami winning comfortably.

Sami then suggested 7 Wonders, which was impressively low scoring from everyone but Simon and James. No-one else got much more than 40 points!! We finished with a couple of hands of 6 Nimmt, where James had a complete disaster, getting more points in both the rounds than either of the rest of us managed in the two combined!
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Friday 24th February 2017

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This week we were 7. We started with just 5 of us, and tried my new acquisition - Paperback. I won with Marion just a few points behind. With 5 players there are noticeably more effects by attack cards and Colin's not being able to use the common word was particularly annoying! We then had time for another quick one, so I suggested High Society, which was unfamiliar to Simon and John. The first tile was very high, so I bid high to get it. Then John spent high to get into a lead ahead of me, but overspent, and this meant he had least cash at end-game, which made me the winner, and Simon second.

We then split into two tables. Matt was keen to try A Feast for Odin, having heard me talk about it, while Simon was keen to play Dominant Species again, so that went downstairs with the other four, while Marion joined Matt and I for Feast. Marion went whaling, and Matt's initial cards pushed him into a pillaging strategy, and I guided him into taking a couple of islands for extra points. Meanwhile I went for a solid emigration strategy, getting a total of 90 points from the emigrations! This, plus a smattering of points elsewhere, was enough for me to win, and Marion celebrated her largest score ever to take second, but even Matt, in his first game, managed to get over 100 points!

I then suggested The Downfall of Pompeii, where my extra experience with the game meant that I was in a better position when the volcano erupted and was able to get quite a few more out. Matt was particularly hurt by the side entrance nearest the volcano going on the first round, which was where most of his people were aiming for!

We then played Cutthroat Caverns, which Marion had forgotten most of. Matt picked up points early, but then had to put his highest value conquest back into the deck! However, when it came to the final round he was still able to beat up the final monster to go into the lead again.

We finished with a quick hand of The Game: Spiel so lange du kannste which, despite a terrible start, we were able to complete fully, getting all the cards onto the deck!
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Friday 17th February 2017

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We were exactly 8 this Friday, so started by splitting into two tables of four, one playing A Feast for Odin, while four of us took Vinci downstairs. Simon got off to a great start with his mountainous field generals, and took over a large area and kept getting points with it. Sami however found his first civ under attack, and had to decline for nearly nothing - but took a rebirth civ, to rebuild quick and get back in the game. Then Sami picked up double mountaineering as his next civ, and then he was racing to the finish. Unfortunately none of the rest of us really wanted to attack him, as he made a line down the board between all our declined civs, and we had to take too much of a hit to do so. Lisa got an impressive score on her final two turns to take second, while Simon and I languished behind, not able to keep up.

We then moved onto Trickerion: Legends of Illusion, which Simon had suggested the previous week, but not ended up playing. I got to an early lead on points, but then realised the problem of always being in last position, as I tried to use my extra points to get higher level tricks, but was often blocked out of anything useful in Downtown! However, I had a good magician power that got me extra goods, so I had great flexibility on tricks, and was eventually able to pick up a 16 trick of my own type that was a good VP and cash earner, and on the last turn a 36 trick (I'd been trying to three turns to pick one up but always been blocked out of it!). On the penultimate turn I was prevented from performing by the people in front of me doing the two performances I had tricks on, and the 5 or so points this lost me turned out to cost me the game, with Sami sneaking a few points past me at the end-game, getting an impressive number of tricks down and blocking me out of one of the three performing performances as a result.

The other table was coming close to finishing, so we played a few fillers while we waited. Firstly Sushi Go!, which was new to Simon and Lisa, but I have played lots with the kids, and then The Bucket King, in which Lisa started with a 4 red, which I pointed out was actually a 7 - at which point Simon's face dropped rather. He lost a pile of buckets, and then on her next turn, losing a bucket herself, Lisa followed it with an 8 bucket, at which point a large portion of Simon's pyramid fell down. Lisa's pyramid followed shortly after when I started playing red towards her though!! I then had a sudden collapse too, when Sami discovered a slight weakness in my pyramid, and although I was able to ensure Simon and Lisa went out before me, there was no catching Sami at that point.

We then merged and split again, one table playing Roll for the Galaxy, while on our table we switched Sami for Ellie and played Knowing Me Knowing You. Simon and Lisa obviously had a natural advantage here, but I also turned out to know Ellie rather better than either of them, and got 8 points off one of her cards, with neither of them getting more than a couple, and this turned out to just squeak me into second place between them, with Ellie lagging rather - her lack of knowledge of things like the Magic Roundabout and Spice Girls not helping her!!
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Friday 10th February 2017

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Tony made his annual visit this Friday, and turned up with some games, but when he saw Trickerion: Legends of Illusion as an option, asked if we could teach him that, as he owned it but had never played it. Marion and John joined me, while the others took Terra Mystica downstairs. It was a slow start, as Marion and John had only played once each, so there were lots of rules queries. In the early game there was heavy competition in downtown, and with Marion having an extra action point there, Tony was shut out of actions twice. Meanwhile Marion seemed to set up a great engine, getting some good tricks, and setting them out on performances - and just about getting them performed before they dropped off! I picked up one good trick for good points, but was struggling to get it performed often enough, and twice missed out on the points for performing myself because everyone else performed all my tricks before me! Marion won comfortably at end-game, with me in second.

We then merged and split with the other table, who had played several short games after Terra Mystica. Around the World in 80 Days was suggested, and easily tabled - and I was surprised to hear it was new to Simon. Marion lagged behind a bit too much, and tactical use of the detective kept her there while the other three of us rushed to the finish. We were very close all round the board in days, but then at the end Martin was just able to move ahead of me, while Simon had a disaster finding the cards he needed and dropped into third. Marion didn't finish - not even close!

We then finished with a Formel Fun, which Simon won by absolutely miles. The rest of us took it in turns to lose our first two cars, leaving Simon with three remaining and us one each! Then Marion and Martin lost their last cars, leaving me with one to Simon's three. I just needed to stay in for one round to avoid a three way tie for second. I managed to be victorious in terms of having the last car standing, but there was no way anyone was catching Simon in points!
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