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Friday 8th May - Ring, Ring, why don't you build castle walls?

Ben Bateson
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My phone-themed blog titles are necessarily becoming a bit stretched after eight weeks.

Ian joined us for opening affairs tonight as we waited for another unavoidably-delayed Gerv. He wanted another go at 'that card game that Gerv found really dull' which I enterprisingly translated as San Juan. Becky was unable to transpose her heroics of last time, though. I sat quietly on several 6-buildings and a tasty Prefecture/Customs Office combo and racked up a huge 40+ score without ever building a second production location.

Gerv was on board by now, so we dived headlong and fearlessly into Caylus. Both Ian and Gerv had decent half-memories of playing this, so it wasn't difficult to ease them into things, and they made a good fist of things, although both were prone to optimistic castle placements. Ian, in particular, set up quite the building operation and was trying to construct pretty much everything for VPs until I shut him down by callously (in true Caylus style) overbuilding the Quarry and hastening the game to a close. Becky had typically been throwing resources at the castle and the Kings Favour board, but for once it wasn't enough to catch up.

In search of something lighter, we moved on to BGA's ultra-slick 7 Wonders implementation. This is crying out for a couple of expansions, now, and I hope they can step up to the mark. Cities and Leaders, please! Gerv had created a bit of notoriety online this week by claiming that 7 Wonders strategy was totally elementary. He claims he was fishing for a reaction, and that was borne out by some pretty mediocre results that saw him finish 3rd, 1st and 2nd respectively. I won the two games he didn't.

And to close, of course, it was the new club favourite of Las Vegas. Turns out that THIS was the game that Gerv should have been trumpeting the strategy of, as he roared his way to a monster $560,000. I earned pretty much nothing for the first half of the game, so was pleased enough to nab second with a massive score on the final round.
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