After a couple weekends without much gaming, this weekend was a distinct change in the right direction. On Friday, Gina and I played Thurn and Taxis, Hawaii and Eminent Domain. Thurn and Taxis was relatively uneventful. I was performing well with smaller routs, but quickly grabbing control all over the board. I managed to get a size 7 cart on the same turn I ran out of offices, ending the game for a narrow win.
In Hawaii, both of us ended up getting a strong supply of fruit. They were plentiful on the board, and I was able to use my one boat to get one as well. We both ended up with two large villages on our islands, but I was able to score the bonus points on the end of the last round. That combined with my end game bonuses were able to outscore Gina’s spear points and fruit bonuses.
We finished the night with Eminent Domain. Gina was spread too thin, while she could have been doing well with a Produce/Trade game. I was focused heavily in Survey, Colonize and Research. I was able to get a bunch of planets colonized while also picking up a couple level three technologies for a dominant win.
Then on Saturday, Joe and Kevin joined us for Agricola and Lancaster. I was feeding my people easily with grain and bread, and was able to quickly expand my family. I didn’t really develop my farm all that well, but I did get a couple nice improvements with points. I ended up limiting my negatives well enough and actually squeaked out a win. It was pretty close between Kevin and I, but I always seemed to be taking exactly what Kevin needed one turn before he was about to do it.
Kevin had brought Lancaster, so we took some time to learn it. It was an interesting combination of worker placement and voting that worked out pretty nicely. There was some confusion with the order of voting and scoring, and we ended up playing the laws wrong so we didn’t have any voting in the last round. It was a close game with Joe getting a decent lead from some conflicts and board locations, but I was positioning myself for the end game bonuses. Kevin and I both mistook the order of actions in the last round and battled for some rewards that ended up not benefiting us in scoring. because we wasted those resources, Joe was easily able to keep his lead at the end of the game.
Until next time, happy gaming!