Games, games and more games!
We were just 4 tonight. We started with Love Letter, a new purchase of mine which arrived earlier this week. I think James must have put a mirror behind me, with the number of times he caught me with the princess!! It was a lot of fun though, and I can see why it's such a popular new filler. Marion was dealt in partway through when she arrived.
James won, so had the choice of the next game, and chose Crude: The Oil Game, as he hadn't played it in a while, and it was a good opportunity, with us having just 4. Colin went oil, James refining, Marion petrol and me mixed. Despite buying 8 drilling rigs in the first turn, I never hit them in the whole game, so my mixed strategy didn't do too well on oil production, and there were very few doubles, keeping the prices for petrol low, so Colin was on to a very good thing. He did get hit by having to pay $3 for each oil barrel, but only had to sell one drilling rig to cover it; and later the $10 every time an oil well produces card appeared, which more than made up for it! It was clear very soon that he was going to win, it was just a case of when he was going to declare. When he finally did, it was very close between the rest of us, all with just over half a billion, and within $20 of each other.
Colin, reluctantly, chose a selection of games to play next. Peloponnes was chosen. Colin was having a bad game all game, whereas it appeared the rest of us were doing fine, although Marion was struggling a bit at times. The order the disasters hit at end-game totally nuked me though, as first I lost a third of my grain, then the rest went on my land tiles, and I had to spent my last few luxury goods (the rest had gone on the disaster the previous turn) to pay the cash for it, as my income had gone down (from losing people on the previous turn). Suddenly I went from having 8 people down to 4, and was in last place. Meanwhile Marion and James were protected from enough disasters each to save them, and tied for most points, with Marion just winning on the tie-break.
Marion chose Tycoon, a game we haven't played in a while, and which we discovered was actually new to James. Colin went for the New York strategy, piling tons of houses in there, and a factory, and just getting huge amounts of cash from it on the first two rounds. I instead went for spread, and this didn't seem to pay off quite as well in the second round, although I did ok in the first. Marion kept mis-timing her loan taking-outs, which didn't help her. James surprised us all at end-game by ending a turn earlier than expected. It lost me a ton of cash, and Colin some too, but Colin was still able to claim the win - although neither James or I were a huge amount behind. He chose Escalation! to finish with, and my Marion shield worked brilliantly!