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Weekend Gaming: Family Clash

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAGina was out for a “girl’s night” Friday, so Joe and Louis joined me for a games.  We started things off with Clash of Cultures.  No one was being terribly militaristic, so we were pretty much free to develop as we wanted.  My starting objective was to get all four Economics advances, so I pushed for taxation quickly.  I had a bunch of small settlements in a clump while I also developed towards Nationalism to get mood tokens for building armies.  This didn’t quite work as I planned, and I ended up with a bigger focus in the Education group.  Louis was nearly completely walled off with water, but started pushing armies toward Joe, defeating barbarians along the way.  Joe and I both managed to build Wonders, but it was Louis who ended up winning.  He had a ton of medium sized cities, a bunch of advances to go along with a full set of completed objectives.

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Louis had to take off, so Joe and I broke out The Manhattan Project.  Joe decided to airstrike my stuff early and often, so I countered by spying heavily.  I rarely allowed him access to his buildings and he had the best access to the limited selection of mines.  I was able to get two uranium bombs with an early bomb design, and then built one quickly.  By then, things were shaping up well for my game, while Joe was just starting to get his plutonium production rolling.  Joe was able to get a small bomb built and then tested, and finished building his second a few turns after I had my second.  By then, though, I had another uranium bomb in the works and Joe couldn’t slow me enough.  I was able to build it and then it just took another couple turns to gather the resources to load it for the last five points and the win.

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Gina was home by then, so we played a quick game of Dominion with no expansions.  When I bought a Chapel early, they knew what I was up to, and tried to quickly end the game.  I was able to get my engine rolling, though, with Villages, Markets, a Council Room and a couple gold.  By then I was able to play the entirety of my minuscule deck for 11 coin each turn and proceeded to pick up a Province and Cellar each turn.  The Cellars kept things working smoothly, and I was able to quickly rack up the Providences.  Even with that, things were close.  Joe and Gina had an early start, buying Duchies and Provinces along with me.  I did end up winning, with 36, beating their 34 and 33.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThen Saturday night, Joe and Phil joined us for another game of Clash of Cultures.  Again it was a fairly peaceful game.  I went straight for Economic Liberty and a size 5 city.  Joe was headed for a heavily Trade focused strategy with boating, and Phil was pushing for Taxation.  Gina was a little less focused, but did build a bunch of temples and Theocracy advances.  Phil and Gina switched gears part way and started building armies to go after Joe for some reason.  I had built some fortresses to dissuade Gina from attacking me, and it seemed to work.  Joe ended up with a single city, but was still able to pull in a ton of resources with Trade Routes and Cartography.  He somehow managed to build three wonders in his single city before we realized that wasn’t legal by the rules.  While this was going on, I had two wonders built in my two major cities, with enough armies to defend them for once.  Phil ended the game on my doorstep, but decided against trying for the attack.  The win was mine, with a solid 46 points.

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The final game of the weekend was Dixit with my family after an early Thanksgiving’s day celebration.  I had been trying to get them to play for ages, and we finally had the chance.  Everyone loved it, and my mother already is asking for more new picture cards.

Until next time, happy gaming!

Weekend Gaming: Halloween Party

This weekend, Nick and Laura were in town visiting for our annual Halloween Party.  Friday night we played Dominion, The Manhattan Project and Lords of Waterdeep with them.

Dominion was fun to get to the table again.  I thought I had a plan for the random set of cards, but it never really worked out.  I ended up getting beat badly.

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I redeemed myself in The Manhattan Project, though.  I was able to grab two Universities early, and then set myself up for some nice Plutonium gains.  After I had tested one bomb and built a second, Nick and Laura tried to bomb me into submission, but didn’t do quite enough to stop my engine.  I grabbed the last Plutonium needed and finished off my third bomb for the win.

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We finished the night with Lords of Waterdeep.  I was doing well early, completing a couple big Commerce quests.  I thought I had things locked up, until Laura hit me with a mandatory quest slowing me down just enough.  Nick managed to pick up just enough to finally complete his 25 point quest, launching him into the lead at the end.

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Then, Saturday night the real festivities took place.  Things were so busy, I completely forgot to get any pictures.  Joe, Jaime, Ryan, Laurel, and Louis all joined us and we started things off with The Restance with Gina, Nick, Ryan, Laurel, Louis and I.  Nick and I were spies and we played it pretty much perfectly.  Nick lulled them in with the first quest, and then after plenty of deliberation about who the spies were, I was able to finish the Resistance off in the fifth mission.  The  second game added Laura and Joe to the mix.  Laura, Joe and I were the spies and we screwed up royally, with all three of us selected for the third mission and contributing “Falied” cards.  The Resistance knew what was up at that point, and the spies couldn’t recover.

We followed that up with Dixit.  Since we had so many people, we ended up playing as teams.  I was paired with Ryan, and it was obvious from the start that we were terrible storytellers.  Luckily we were decent at guessing the right picture and submitting pictures that others thought was the right one.  We managed to stay competitive, but finished a couple points short, losing to the team of Joe and Laura.

Ryan and Laurel took off at that point, so the rest of us played Shadows over Camelot.  I was doubting Joe’s loyalty early, while the deck was coming up with a ton of Excalibur cards, failing that quest quickly.  Gina and I made a lat of headway towards the Holy Grail, while Nick went out to win glory in a tournament bout.  Louis and Joe were also helping by beating up on some Saxons.  Jaime had planned to help with Excalibur, but didn’t get there in time and instead was needed to use her ability to defeat siege engines.  Things were looking pretty good for us, though the siege engines were piling up.  No one was an obvious traitor, though Joe was a favorite target of suspicion.  After whittling down the number of siege engines and finishing the Grail quest, we were only two swords away from winning.  Gina completed a tournament bout, and the Lancelot quest failed, providing us the last two swords and the victory for everyone., as there were no traitors.

Joe and Jaime had to go and Gina was tired, so Nick, Laura, Louis and I finished the night of with Dominion.  It ended up being a very expensive, but money heavy game.  We had to get to six coin to really get things rolling.  Laura and Louis had trouble, while I was able to work a Loan and Moneylender into Hoards and eventually a Bank.  Once I was able to rid myself of some copper, I was able to get into the Grand Markets and then things really took off.  Nick was doing well too with a bigger focus on Platinum.  We were matching each other pretty evenly with Provinces and Colonies, but I had the last action, picking up a Province and the last Estate.  I took the victory by about 8 points over Nick.

Until next time, happy gaming!

 


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