Shefford Friday night games

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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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Last Friday there were 8 of us. We started with 5 of us and a hand of David & Goliath while we waited for the last few to arrive. Lisa had an amazing score from the start, and was clearly winning from early on, but Simon and Hannah weren't far off catching her at the end - meanwhile I came dismally last, hardly having any cards in front of me at all!

We then split into two tables. I wanted to try my new Robo Rally, to see how the rules changes had affected the game. Sami, Marion and Ellie joined me, and we worked out the rules changes. The components aren't the best quality, but I do like the individual decks, and the spam in the deck acting as curses, rather than having to take time powering down. The buying power up idea works quite nicely too, although as first player on the first turn I did get a rather nicer upgrade than anyone else as it happened! Marion won the race, despite making a major error and walking herself off the board one space from the final checkpoint, but then two turns later Sami pushed her onto the checkpoint while trying to get there himself. Ellie had a bit of a disaster, as I kept pushing her off the board - oops! Not that it helped me much either - I'd only just touched checkpoint 2 as Marion got to the third one.

Ellie then left and the three of us played a game of Burn Rate while the others finished upstairs. I had a good start, but then my company bloated, and in the mid-game Sami managed to reduce his company down to nothing, and didn't pick up many bad ideas, and his costs were so low that he won, while the two of us burnt out - Marion getting some lucky funding to put her in second position (she was on 1 while I was on 38 with a burn of 13, but I burnt out first!).

Then we switched tables and I played a game of Terra with John and Simon. John won by absolutely miles, but did say it was a bit of a gift game for him, as he'd visited pretty much every location that was mentioned! Simon had a terrible start, and I managed to just stay ahead of him at end-game. John then suggested A Feast for Odin, which we managed to time perfectly to finish on the dot of midnight! However, the other table was still finishing off Rococo, so Simon and I had a quick game of Star Realms to finish with while we were waiting for them.
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Friday 27th January 2017

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Last Friday we were 9, and so started by splitting into two tables - one of four playing A Feast for Odin, while my table played Notre Dame. Two of the players had only played it the one, so they needed a rules refresher. In the first round Notre Dame was hotly contested, with all 5 Notre Dame cards being played. I think this must have made people more wary, because in round 2 no-one but Richard put a cube in, so he got away with 12 points all to himself! This was enough to be decisive for him, and he won, just a few points ahead of me, with my lots of cubes strategy.

After that Richard chose Phoenicia, which was new to Simon and John again. I bought an early mining, but then never in the whole game actually put a person on it, ending up in clothmaking instead. Sami's income rapidly got ahead of the rest of ours when he got double upgraded hunting, particularly when we picked up a refugee settlement, and this just enabled him to buy too many VPs, leaving the rest of us standing. The other table were halfway through their final turn, so we played some fillers while waiting for them to finish - first two very quick games of The Resistance - the first one of those non-games where the resistance members were the first three players, and completely by chance they all picked each other for the teams on the first three teams, with nothing the spies could do. The second game was a little closer - there was definitely some indecision over which of Sami and I was the spy - luckily Simon guessed correctly and The Resistance were victorious.

We still had a little more time, so continuing on the spy theme I chose Spyfall - again two very quick games - the first where Richard gave himself away immediately, and the second where a couple of unguarded comments gave away the location to me, as spy, just before Simon accused me, as I was clearly the only person who didn't know where I was from my only response.

After that we merged and split, with me playing Power Grid upstairs. On turn 2 an end-game power plant dropped - powering 6 for just 2 mixed goods, which I couldn't resist. However I bid just one too much, and was one short of building two houses on the following turn. Meanwhile various other high class power plants appeared and were bought by everyone else too, although none quite as good, and bizarrely Sami was the only person to build any houses in that second turn, and built up to 5 houses while most of the rest of us were still on two or three! This gave him a huge income start, and picking up a 3 oil for 5 power plant shortly after put him in a good position. Then we had a mid-game stall where the 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16 power plants appeared, all in a line, and no-one wanted to buy them. I eventually had to break the stall by putting the 12 up, and to my surprise was overbid by Marion, and then overbid again on the next power plant, until I ended up with a halfway decent one, despite being in the lead, which surprised me. I couldn't catch Sami though, and he built to 15 ending the game before any of the rest of us could get close.

We then played a couple of fillers while the other game finished - For Sale, which Sami won again, with a score of 63, just ahead of Lynne's 55, and then a Take it Easy!, in which James won, with 143, in what was a fairly low scoring game.

We then split into two hours to finish the evening, with one table playing Fauna, while we played Modern Art. Tobias was very unlucky in one round, buying three paintings of one artist, and then them being worth nothing. I won comfortably with nearly 200 cash more than everyone else.
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Friday 20th January 2016

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Last Friday we had 7 people. Three were running late, so the four of us played Red7 while we were waiting. It was definitely John's game - he won the first round, although didn't net many points from it, then in the second round flattened us all with a huge score that would have won him the game single-handedly, even if he hadn't had points already!

We then needed to split into two tables. Simon ran off a list of games he'd like to play, most of which were popular, so I suggested A Feast for Odin for the other table, which Lynne and Tobias were keen to try, and Richard wanted to play again. It was a low scoring game all round, with me getting just under 100 and all the others around 50. Richard left at that point, and the other table then said they had about 20 minutes left, so we decided to play some shorter games so we could mix up. They browsed my shelves and suggested For Sale, which they had played before but a long time ago, and then I introduced them to Dobble - I really thought Tobias was going to win the first game as he got off to such an amazing start, but then he ran out of steam mid-game. The second game was much closer, with Lynne and I tying just two points ahead of Tobias. We then also got a quick game of Halli Galli in, where my extra experience with the game showed!

After that we played a game of 7 Wonders all together, which Lynne won with a mixed green/purple strategy, while Sami was next with a balanced strategy with full military score. My blue strategy (36 points from blue!) was just enough to tie me with Tobias, while Simon had one of the worst scores I've ever seen from him, having a complete resource mix disaster.

We then split into two tables again, upstairs playing Ticket to Ride: Europe, while downstairs we played Grand Austria Hotel. Again the extra experience Sami and I had with the game told, as Simon hadn't played for months. I made a mistake that turned out to cost me the game by trying to be too clever, and opened a room for free up on the third row early in the game, so as to maximise the bonus, but then failed to ever open one of the rooms on the bottom row, which cost me the bonus disk for filling two rows, as well as my card for filling two rows, as well as my card for each bonus disk - how to throw away 15 points in one easy step!

We then finished by joining together again for a quick game of Codenames, where Tobias, Lynne and I covered almost as many blues as the opposition did, thanks to our inability to think on the same wavelength, and John's inability to link his words together in large clumps. Eventually they worked out what my clues were aiming for and we were just victorious!
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Friday 13th January 2017

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This week we welcomed two new gamers to the group. A couple of people were running slightly late, so we started with a 9 player game of Take it Easy!. Then we split into three tables. A Feast for Odin, Terra Mystica and Orleans were suggested, and everyone seemed happy with one of the three, so we split people between the three tables. I played A Feast for Odin, my latest obsession, teaching it to Richard and James. James picked it up quickly, getting a nice whaling strategy going. I went out exploring, and picked up three exploration boards, and was doing fairly well filling them, but couldn't quite catch James's score. Marion and Richard tied for third place, Richard going for an animal strategy, while Marion was pillaging.

We finished at the same time as Terra Mystica, so merged and split with them, with me suggesting Tigris & Euphrates, which James, Richard and Simon were keen to join me in. Simon got off to a very unlucky start, with a couple of conflicts going against him thanks to Richard having some impressive clumps of tile colours behind his screen. James built up some temples on the right hand side of the board, which I piggybacked on to, and the two of us were earning a good income throughout the game. However, when the two regions merged in a conflict, it was James who had the better position and was able to fill in the gaps in his cube collection to just bat me, with Richard close behind, thanks to lots of luck in external conflicts!

All three tables finished at this point, so we split again, into two groups for lighter party games this time. Captain Sonar was suggested for upstairs, which was new to Tobias, and only a second play for quite a few of the others. My team, with Colin and James, was just able to beat the other team, as although they knew where we were from early on, they didn't seem to be able to fire mines and torpedoes at us to blow us up, so we eventually managed to catch them.

We then finished with Ave Caesar, which was new to Tobias, but he caught on pretty quickly and finished both the first two races in first place, which was enough for the win despite finishing last in the third race! Colin and I both ran out of cards on the first race, as we were forced round the nasty red bend one time too often!
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