Larry WelbornUnited States
South CarolinaClemson Tigers #1
This is short week since my last round-up was written on Monday due to the long weekend. School is out for the Summer on Tuesday, so the gaming may pick-up. Of course, there are many more outside activities as well, so gaming may not pick up. Anyway, on to the round-up.
The first gaming of the week happened on Friday evening:
Melissa and I had not played this game since 2008 and it was the first playing for both kids. As a result, the game ran a bit long and was our only game of the evening.
Our strategies, from worst to first:
Daughter: She bought Defense early, but the game proved to be non-confrontational until the latter portions of the game, so it was never used. By the time Struggle for Survival entered the game, she had already discarded Defense. The middle of the game saw her using a combination of Parasitism and tentacles but she frequently had fewer amoeba on the board which ultimately cost her. Final Score: 29.
Melissa: My wife went primarily with a tentacle/substitution strategy. She was doing well and contending for first until she lost all of her BP during a turn in which my daughter used Parasitism on her 4 different times. The following gene defect phase hammered her when she was unable to pay the difference with BP and lost her tentacles. She didn't recover from that turn and fell behind and stayed there. Final Score: 34.
Larry: Early I went for a movement/speed/spore strategy to spread across the board and I used my moving ability to get to fertile feeding grounds. My strategy faltered about two thirds of the way into the game when I lost movement and there were no more fertile feeding areas to be found. I think switched to Struggle for Survival and brutally attacked the other amoebas, which got me right back into the game. But for one amoeba dying on the last turn, I would have won. Final Score: 40.
Son: My son went for streamline/movement, later upgrading to movement 2. This combo gave him extreme flexibility in his movement and enabled him to get in front and stay there. He lost several amoebas to Struggle to Survival until he added Defense to his combo. In the end game, I was gaining fast on him, but he had just enough left to cross the finish line first. Final Score: 41.
Saturday was another eventful day as we went swimming and then I played in a golf tournament in the afternoon. We were still able to get in a couple of plays of Yahtzee Free for All.
The first game went quick as no one could capture a card. We had two large straights and one 4 of a kind on the board and we soon ran out of chips. Final Scores: Melissa 10, Son 5, Daughter 5, Larry 0. Yup I managed to score zero points.
We had time for a rematch and I got my revenge by rolling two Yahtzees in the game. Everyone's score was much better this game. Final Scores: Larry 44, Melissa 36, Daughter 25, Son 23.
Sunday saw Melissa and me get in a couple of games of Dominion. We used the base set and Alchemy.
The first game saw Melissa win 42-36 on the basis of a strong advantage in Provinces. I took the second 50-46 when I garnered 36 points from my Vineyards.