Weekend Gaming: Away from Home

We were away visiting my parents this weekend so I could attend a Warhammer 40k tournament on Saturday.  I’ll have pictures of that event up a little later this week.

On Friday night, we met up with Nick and Laura and played some Settlers of Catan.  I put all my eggs in too few baskets, and came up short.  I had Ore and Sheep ports, and needed 5’s and 8’s to get those rolling.  8’s were relatively plentiful, but 5 only was rolled three times, and one of those times one was covered by the Thief.  So I wasn’t able to get anything going, while Laura was able to build up a nice road system and a big army.  Nick eventually broke the road to take the longest, but he wasn’t able to finish it up.  Laura stole it back in the end to win.

Saturday night, after the tournament, Ryan, Gina and I all headed over to Nick and Laura’s again for games.  We started the night off with Puerto Rico.  I was pushing a fast building strategy with three Quarries, and a Coffee Roaster getting me a single coffee each time someone produced.  Ryan was sitting to my left and he was shipping sugar and indigo, so it worked out that my coffee never got shipped and I was able to trade it away nearly every turn.  I was able to buy up three of the large buildings by the end of the game, and I eventually ended the game by filling in my city.

I was concerned with the pile of points that Ryan had, that I didn’t even notice Gina.  She was shipping right along with Ryan, and she had the big building that provided bonus points for shipping points.  When it was all over, I had 39 points from my buildings, but only 4 shipping points for a final score of 43.  Ryan had mirrored me with 39 shipping points and 7 building points for 46, and Gina had a nice mix for a total of 49 and the win.  I had thought I was doing well with three large buildings, but I wasn’t able to finish fast enough or with enough balance to take the game.

My board

Ryan’s on the left, Gina’s up top

Next up was 7 Wonders.  I was trying to go heavy into Science, but I’ve never really figured that strategy out for some reason and ended up struggling.  Things were pretty even going into Age 3, but then I pretty much handed Ryan the game.  I ended up passing him the guild that rewards you for your neighbor’s Science and the one that rewards military victories.  Since Gina and I were both in Science and Ryan had maxed out his military points, those two guilds were worth a whopping 23 points.  I really couldn’t do anything about it other than pitch those guilds for money, which would have had no benefit to me.  Ryan ended up winning with 69 points.

We finished the night with Phase 10 and Monty Python Fluxx.  Phase 10 came down to a race between Ryan and Nick.  Nick managed to edge Ryan out and score the last phase.  Monty Python Fluxx got quite ridiculous when Laura was able to draw about 15 cards in a single turn and play most of them.  The game ended with the Cheese Shop goal and her playing a card that allowed everyone to discard their hand, Keepers and Creepers.  Everyone discarded everything and we all took a shared win with nothing.

Until next time, happy gaming.

 

 

 

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