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Weekend Gaming: New Games!

For Father’s day, my lovely wife was kind enough to order me Castles of Burgundy, Hawaii, Navegador and Agricola.  They all arrived on Wednesday, and we tried Castles of Burgundy first with Joe and Ryan.  Not much to say about the game yet, but it was fun.  It took a bit longer to learn than expected, but once we got into the game, things flowed pretty smoothly.

Then Saturday afternoon, my wife and I sat down to learn Navegador.  Navegador has a unique action mechanic where the players travel around a circular rondel that has eight actions.  Each turn, the player’s token must move clockwise around the rondel and can take any of the next three actions for free, and if they wanted to move further, they need to pay.  It makes planning future turns interesting.

The game itself was pretty fun.  Lots of things going on between the market interactions and the exploration of new colonies.  I ended up investing heavily into sugar and spice colonies, with bonus points for the number of colonies I had.  Gina was using factories to process sugar, so we managed to keep the prices of sugar fluctuating so we would bot maximize our profit.  I had also explored a bunch, so that netted me a bunch of end game points.  Gina was able to get quite a bit from her factories, but my exploration and colonies were enough to push me into the lead.

That evening, Ryan, Brian, Louis, Joe and Kevin joined us for games.  It was Brian’s first time playing many of the games, so we started off with two games of 7 Wonders.  In both games I invested heavily into Science.  In the first one, I did well, but I was just short of being able to play the Science Guild, which would have been a significant improvement.  As it was, I ended up one point shy of Joe in the final tally.  In the second game, I was playing Halicarnassus and I was able to search the discards for two additional science cards.  I also received the Science Guild in my Age 3 hand again, and this time I was able to play it.  With that, I was able to get three of each science for 48 points just from science.  That wasn’t enough, though, as I only had seven other points.  Gina managed to trounce us all, as Joe and I hadn’t built any military, so she was able to get 18 military points from a single card.  She managed to score a whopping 67 points.

We then split into two groups and managed to play two games  at the same table.  Kevin, Brian and I played Dominion while the others played Eminent Domain.  Kevin managed to win both games of Dominion, though in the second game with the Big Money set I had a very efficient deck using Chapels, Labs and an Adventurer to pick up nearly a Province a turn once I got it rolling.  Sadly I had one dead turn, and ended up a Province behind Kevin at the end.

We regrouped for Shadows over Camelot after that.  Brian and I ended up as the traitors, and both of us were playing too subtly.  Most of them managed to bum rush the Grail quest and actually complete it, while Joe and Kevin fought the Picts twice for wins.  There were 5 white swords on the table before a single black sword was seen.  My only hope was that they had been putting a bunch of Catapults early to try and accuse people before there were any white swords.

We managed to get within two catapults, but it wasn’t to be.  After winning the Excaliber quest, I took a bunch of the Fight Cards to “fight” the catapults, but then left Camelot basically revealing myself.  Joe accused me, correctly, and that pretty much ended the game.  On Brian’s turn, the last black sword was added to the table, and it was a 8-4, but since Brian was a traitor, two white swords flipped to make it a 6-6 tie.  Ryan had played a white card earlier, though, that allowed the Knights to win a tie, so the good guys ended up winning.

Keeping with that theme, we finished the night off with a rousing game of Monty Python Fluxx, which was won by Kevin scoring the Cheeseshop Goal.

On Sunday, Joe and Ryan joined me to learn Hawaii.  Joe was had two large villages with lots of fruit in one and hula girls in both.  Ryan was scoring a bunch of points during the game with fishing huts and ended the game with two moderate villages with Kahunas.  I focused on Kahunas and Tikis after getting some boats to get islands and the god that allowed me to move anywhere for one foot.  I was able to maximize my Kahunas and Tikis to score all of my villages for a whopping 63 points in the end game scoring.  This launched me into first place for the win.

The game was a lot of fun, and played very quickly.  It only lasts five rounds, so there is a push to get a lot done in a short period of time.  We were just getting things figured out when the last turn rolled around.  I am definitely looking forward to playing this one again.

Until next time, happy gaming!

Weekend Gaming: Father’s Day

I hope all the dads out there had a great Father’s Day weekend.  I know I did.

Gina and I started things off on Friday with Eminent Domain, followed by Le Havre and Carcassonne: Hunters and Gatherers.  In Eminent Domain, I had a couple of advanced planets with Trade symbols on them.  I was pushing to produce resources with Advanced Production actions and then trade them away quickly.  While doing that, Gina was racking up planets with Survey and Colonization.  She had bought a couple Advanced Colonization cards and was using them to colonize at least one planet per turn.  At the end, her planets outpaced my trading and she picked up the win.

Gina – 41, Andy – 36

Le Havre was next, and wasn’t terribly interesting.  She was having a tough time feeding her workers, while I was able to get a wharf and some early boats.  Nothing real spectacular about the game.

Andy – 289, Gina – 174

In Carcassonne, we ended up dueling for a large hunting area early, but while I was able to get an early lead with two hunters, she was able to sneak one of her own in to split the points.  I wasn’t able to pick up another substantial area, spending more time on the rivers.  She was able to grab another area, plus some good forests as well.  The game ended up being quite high scoring, and she managed to edge me out for the win.

Gina – 188, Andy – 173

On Saturday, Louis, Joe, Jaime, and Kevin joined us and we started things off with a game of Shadows over Camelot.  I was playing as Sir Bedivere, Joe was King Arthur, and I forget who the others were.  I started the game with two pairs in my hand, so I went over to the Black Knight tournament quest, but wasn’t able to get my cards out fast enough to win.  Joe was making good progress with the Grail, and Kevin and Louis were helping with Excalibur.  Gina was trying to help, but was drawing terrible movement cards and couldn’t get anywhere.  After failing to defeat the Black Knight, I went over to help with Excalibur.

At this point, we received a black card that prevented us from using Merlin cards, and then shortly thereafter we got hit with a card that damaged everyone.  Kevin was only at one life and we couldn’t save him.  Joe had a stockpile of cards, and was trading them with Gina, but she wasn’t playing them all that well, so Louis accused her as soon as he could.  She was loyal, though.

I ended up getting killed by another black card that we couldn’t stop, and things were looking bad as the table was filling up with black swords.  The game ended after another failed quest and seven traitor swords.  It turned out that Joe had been the traitor all along, and we were just playing so terribly that all he had to do was sit back and watch us fail.

We followed that up with a crazy game of Puerto Rico.  I started with indigo and intended to ship that and then got into coffee for money.  Louis was the only person picking up quarries, and Kevin ended up getting a factory because I was sitting before him and would block him out o selling his coffee.  Kevin also picked up a harbor, and since he was making every kind of good, he could ship them for quite a few points.

All big buildings were bought, two quarries were still available.

The craziest thing about the game, though, was that everyone was making quite a bit of money.  There was four gold on the prospectors a few times, Kevin was getting rich from his factory and I was selling coffee.  Everyone except Louis (the one with the quarries) was able to buy a big building, while I bought two.  The third row of buildings was also completely empty by the end of the game.  All of this was done while there was still two quarries left in the supply.

In the end, Kevin had been able to ship for something like 40 points, and then picked up a bit more with his buildings.  Gina shipped a bunch two and ended up in second.  I was close, though, with 25 points from shipping and two big buildings.

Kevin – 66, Gina – 56, Andy – 55, Jaime – 53, Louis – 44

We finished up the night with Louis, Kevin, Joe and I playing Eminent Domain.  I borrowed Gina’s strategy from the night before and went straight for surveying and colonizing.  Joe was using military to conquer planets and then research new technologies.  He managed to get the technologies that let him trade fighters as resources and use research cards as any type of card, and made quite a few points trading those off.  Louis was producing and trading quite a bit, while Kevin was using military to settle a bunch of planets.  I had intended to produce and trade along with my colonization, but it never quite worked out.  I did end up with the most points at the end, which surprised me.  I had thought that Joe picked up more points from shipping, even though he only had a couple of planets.

Andy – 30, Joe – 26, Louis – 22, Kevin – 21

Finally, on Sunday, Joe came over and he, Gina and I played a game of Le Havre.  This one went much better for Gina, as she was able to get a bunch of cows to ship on my shipping lines.  She had the boats to feed her people and a few industrial buildings that I kept using and paying her money.  The bad thing for me, was that I had intended to do a lot of the same things as Gina, and she managed to get them just ahead of me.  Joe, though, had his own thing going.  He was gathering all kinds of resources and then using the Business Office to convert them to steel.  This allowed him to build three Steel Ships by the end of the game.  He also built two of the high point buildings, which contributed to over 50 points for him.  Those last two builds are what bumped him into the lead, followed by Gina and them me.

Joe – 230, Gina – 201, Andy 195

It was a wonderful weekend, filled with games.  And I’m looking forward to many more with some new games as well.

Until next time, happy gaming.


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