On Saturday, Louis, Kevin, Ryan and Dana joined us for games. While we were waiting for Dana to show up, we played a game of Dominion using a random set of cards from Dominion, Intrigue and Prosperity. I was able to us a Chapel to basically trash my entire deck and then build it back up with Quarries and a Workshop. I was able to build a very efficient engine with Festivals, Cities and Conspirators, and finished the game buying up three Colonies and a Duchy over the last three turns for the win.
Then we broke out 7 Wonders, and I was doing alright, but had spent a bit too much on resources early. That was necessary, though, as Ryan was to my right and hadn’t grabbed any resources. That plan didn’t work out too well, as he ended up in last place, while Louis had a nicely balanced kingdom for the win.
Next up was Acquire. We had taken my in-law’s copy of the game that is about 40 years old last time we visited them. I had to buy some replacement stock cards on Ebay, but otherwise the game was wonderfully intact. Conversations were flowing pretty well at this point of the evening, and I wasn’t really paying attention to how the stocks were being distributed. I ended up with a majority share in the second largest company at the end, but it was Dana who managed to run away with the lead by holding large shares in the two largest end game companies.
Ryan, Louis, Kevin and I decided to play some Nightfall: Martial Law, and while I won, it was a very odd game. I was able to get a combo where I could exile the top card from everyone’s deck. I did this three times, and each time I got one of the cards that Ryan had bought. This meant that after he had played out all of the starter deck cards, he only had 3 cards total left in his deck.
We finished up the night with two games of Monty Python Fluxx, which were both won by Louis.
On Sunday evening, Gina and I played a couple games of Ticket to Ride: Europe with the Big Cities expansion cards. We each won a game, but the Big Cities cards definitely made the games interesting. Because everyone is making connections to the same cities, there is a lot more conflict for the routes and more opportunities to use the Stations. It also means that once you connect a few of the major cities, there is a very good chance that drawing more routes will provide routes that you have already completed, making for a very high scoring game. The first game Gina won with 13 completed routes and a score of about 190. I won the second with 18! competed routes and a score of 220.
Until next time, happy gaming!