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Weekend Gaming: End of the Year

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The last Saturday of 2012 was spent with Joe, Jaime and Kevin.  We started off with Hansa Teutonica.  I was focusing on getting bonus tokens, but got distracted a bit with building my chain of offices in the middle of the game.  I did end up with 9 tokens, for 15 points, which helped get me to second place.  Joe was building a nice chain while scoring points in the game with his offices.  Kevin was all about the upgrades.  He managed to clear most of his board and pick up a could of the end game bonuses for having the colors unlocked.  Jaime and Gina had more sporadic strategies.  The game finished with Kevin leading and Joe and I tied for second.

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PC297566-1024Hawaii was up next.  I decided to go for Kahunas and Tikis, even though both were at the opposite end of the island.  I was able to get a couple early, and fill my island so that I only needed three long villages to score each Kahuna.  The kicker, though, was that I was able to use an early exchange hut to really boost my buying power and managed to score the end of round bonus every round except one.  I had the god that increased that bonus and then late in the game picked up the god that gave bonus points for surfers and boats, which bumped my score up a bit.

Jaime was focusing on boats, Joe had the spear huts working for him and Kevin had a nice bunch of fruit that was providing him a nice income.  Jaime was the closest to me at the end, though.  She had managed to complete most of her villages for Kahunas, and did so with upgraded Long Huts.  So she scored nearly as many end game points as I did.  It was only my end of round bonus that made the difference for the win.

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Until next time, Happy Gaming!

 

Weekend Gaming: Trains to Hawaii

This last Saturday, we were joined by Joe, Jaime, Kevin and Louis for some games.  I had been itching for some Railways of the World, so out came Railways of Western U.S.  Jaime sat out this game, so it was just the five of us.

The opening round of cards included four hotels (Denver, San Francisco, Tuscon and Oklahoma City) and only one service bounty for the city south of Oklahoma City.  The opening bidding was pretty low, and I won it, taking Hotel Denver.  Kevin grabbed Hotel San Fran, and Louis took Hotel Oklahoma City.  Gina and Joe passed on hotels in favor of building.

I was focused on the area around Denver since there were a bunch of red cubes in the upper midwest that I could ship to Denver.  It took me a couple turns to get things in place, but I was eventually making regular five point deliveries.

Gina was shipping into and around San Fran, which provided Kevin some points.  She also managed to complete the route from San Fran to Promontory.  Kevin was working in the upper west coast and built from Tacoma to Ogden.  Joe had the lower west locked up and ended up picking up the Tuscon hotel, a service bounty to Tuscon and  the bonus for having the first level 4 train.

Louis was alone in the lower midwest and making the most of his hotel.  He managed to get the original service bounty as well.  Eventually he exhausted his shipments and started building near Salt Lake City, which seemed odd.  Everything became clear, though, when he completed two major lines from Promontory to Kansas City and Grand Junction to Oklahoma City.  This managed to provide the final points to ensure the win.

Me – Grey, Kevin – Yellow, Louis – Red, Gina – Green, Joe – Blue

The entire game was very close throughout.  It was rare that we’d end a round with more than 5-6 points separating first and last place on the score track.  In the end it came down to Louis having one more point than Kevin and tying for the fewest bonds, which gave Louis the points for his baron.

 

Following that, Joe sat out so Jaime could play Hawaii with us.  Boats ended up being pretty cheap, so I grabbed a bunch of upgraded boats and the god that allowed me to get anywhere on the island for one foot.  Louis grabbed a couple boats as well and the god that gave bonus points for boats and surfers.

Jaime was focusing on Tikis and Kahunas, maximizing both for an island full of tiny villages.  Kevin hit the spears hard while picking up the end of round bonuses three out of the five rounds.  Gina and Louis were more rounded in their games, while I was focusing solely on the islands.

I was able to pick up a bunch of points with the islands, but I couldn’t quite catch Kevin in the end.  The final end of round bonus ended up being the difference maker.  Since everything on the island tended to be quite cheap there was a lot of upgraded stuff being bought, which meant that the end of round scores were pretty low.  Kevin was focusing more on maximizing the spears, so he was in a better position to capitalize each turn.

Me – Green, Jaime – Red, Kevin – Yellow, Louis – Blue, Gina – Black

Until next time, happy gaming!

Weekend Gaming: Relaxing

Gina and I played Hawaii and Race for the Galaxy Friday night.  In Hawaii, I was trying to be efficient and only bought a single side two fruit.  I was getting good deals and had quite a bit of fruit, but I really didn’t have enough goods each round and I still failed to meet the target at the end of a few rounds.  Gina, on the other hand, was playing with Spear Huts.  She was regularly picking up around 10 points each turn, and I just could catch up.  I did come close, only losing by 15 points.

In Race for the Galaxy, I started with some strong military cards and with some nice Uplift windfall planets.  I also had a Genetics Lab that let me refill those planets so I could trade the genetic goods for cards.  I picked up the New Galactic Order about halfway through, and that was the difference in the game, adding about 15 to my final score.

On Saturday, Ryan, Jaime, Joe, Louis, and Kevin came over.  We started the night with 7 Wonders with Joe sitting out to watch their newborn.  I was trying a money to science/civilian strategy, but I didn’t get enough money and didn’t really see much science.  I did score quite a bit off of civilian cards, but not enough.  I was in last place with 46, while Ryan had a nicely balanced setup and 60 points.

Then Ryan took off, and Joe took Jaime’s place for Hawaii.  All of the huts and the tikis were close to the beach, so I started with the intent to fill my island with Kahunas.  Problem was that I was going last on the first turn.  I missed out on any huts, but I did spend everything I had on Kahunas, which were pretty cheap.  In round two, when I wasn’t able to get a long hut early and the other huts were too expensive, I went to plan B.  I was able to get a side 2 boat relatively cheap, and I grabbed the top island for a foot hut.

From there I continued on my island dominance.  I was able to get the boat/surfer god, and a few more islands, netting me some nice points.  I did end up with huts in all of my villages, but I wasn’t able to get any tikis until the last turn.  Because of that I was only able to score three of my villages.  Even though I was in first going into final scoring (Gina was in second from spear huts and Joe was in third from getting end of round bonuses all game), I didn’t think I had a chance.  Louis pulled in 45 points from all of his kahunas, but not much more.  Gina and Joe only had about 20 end game points.  Kevin had a ton from his irrigation, hula girls and fruit god, but it wasn’t quite enough.  My three kahunas, one hula girl and my boat god were just enough to eek out the win by two points.

The group finished the night with a game of Dominion with Intrigue and Prosperity.

 

 

Everyone seemed to either have a Militia or Goons, so having 5 cards on a turn was a real treat.  I was pushing a Peddler, Minion, Trade Route strategy that started with a couple Militias to get things rolling.  I was off to a slow start, while Joe had started minting gold and was buying Provinces fairly regularly.  He wasn’t able to push the end of the game soon enough, though and started to stall, while I started hitting runs of Peddlers and Minions with 4 coin Trading Posts.  I was able to grab three Colonies to go with my two Provinces and Estates to put me at 44 to Joe’s 41.

 

Gina and I weren’t tired after everyone left, so we played a game of Agricola.  My hand seemed to just go together well, and I actually ended up playing all of my cards.  I had the Bookshelf to help play more occupations, and my Animal Tender allowed me to keep animals in my house early, which I used for food.  The other two major occupations were the Adoptive family allowing me to use my new family members more effectively and one that let me fence in stables when I built them, keeping my wood costs low.  I ended up filling in all but on space and had points in nearly every category.  It was an incredible game that scored me 57 points.

Wednesday Games: Navegador and Hawaii

Joe, Ryan and Louis came over for some gaming last night and we started things off with Navegador.  I was going first, so I started off by buying a couple more ships, as  I wanted to focus on an exploration strategy.  Louis and Ryan explored into the first two areas, while Gina and Joe bought factories.

Ryan was heavily focused on sugar colonies early and later diversified into gold colonies and spice factories.  Gina had a nice mix of colonies and factories.  Joe was heavily invested into factories.  Louis had a single colony and was making the most of it to buy up a church and shipyard, positioning himself for a late exploration push.  I had been successful in exploring for most of the game, but money was short.  I had mis-positioned my ships a few times and wasn’t able to efficiently get strong colonies.

I did end up with seven of the exploration tiles, but I wasn’t able to grab the one in Nagasaki.  I had maxed out my exploration privileges, but it wouldn’t be enough.  I had thought Joe was going to win with his maxed factory and shipyard points, but in reality it was Ryan that ended up in first.  He hadn’t filled his privileges,  but he had so much cash that he was easily able to buy up a bunch of colonies and factories for points.

Ryan – 88, Andy – 79, Louis – 68, Joe – 66, Gina – 57

Louis took off at that point and we pulled out Hawaii.  The boats were close to the beach, so that looked like a strong strategy, but I wanted to do something different.  I started off heading for the spear huts and picked up two in the first turn placing them in my second and third villages with the intent to get Kahunas for late game points.  I didn’t really leverage the spear huts enough, through the game, though and they only contributed around 20 points.

Joe picked up the god that gave extra points for satisfying his people at the end of the round, and later started picking up surfers to help that out.  He managed to be in first or second every round, while I only placed once, which would end up being the difference in the game.  Ryan was buying up all of the fruit, but couldn’t get to the fruit god, while Gina bought the boat god and a bunch of boats.

By the end or round three, I was able to max out my kahunas and get enough tikis that my small villages would score.  This ended up being a problem, though, as then Joe had ample time to do the same thing.  I was low on resource by that point, so I wasn’t easily able to pick up spear points around the island.

In the end, I was short of Joe by about 15 points.  His end of round scoring was able to out-do my spears and hula girl.

Joe – 122, Andy – 105, Gina – 90, Ryan – 71

Until next time, happy gaming!

Agricola and Hawaii with Joe

Joe came over for some games last night and we started things off with Agricola.  Not much to say about the game other than my play was less than great.  I was trying to get a grain production going, but was too slow with it.  I didn’t get extra family until far too late and just wasn’t very efficient.

Joe, on the other hand, made strong use of a couple cards that gave him discounts on improvements and an occupation that let him buy two improvements if he took the start player action.  He ended up with a full family and 18 points worth of improvements at the end.

We played Hawaii next, and that one went much better for me.  Boats were close to the beach, and started out very cheap.  Gina went straight for the god that let her walk around the island for a single foot, Joe was collecting shells and I went straight for the boats.  I picked up two boats in the first round and then started visiting the islands.

I was able to pull in quite a few feet, and then the god that gives bonus points for boats was available in round two, so I grabbed that.  Boats continued to be cheap, and ignored, and I ended the game with all but two of them.  That combined with the two surfers netted me 36 points from my god at the end of the game.  I had already picked up a bunch of points visiting islands, and the end game points just put me over the top.

Until next time, happy gaming!

Weekend Gaming: Holiday Bonus Edition

Since yesterday was a holiday, Joe and Ryan joined us Tuesday evening for some games.  We started things off with some Eminent Domain.  I decided to try a heavy military strategy, with some research thrown in for extra points.  Gina took the Warfare role occasionally, but not enough for me to really benefit.  Ryan was colonizing a lot, with some decent research and trading for additional points.  Joe was going straight for colonizing a ton of worlds.

I was able to get about four level two research cards and five worlds, but it wasn’t enough.  Joe and Ryan tied on points, but Ryan took the tie-breaker.  Joe losing on ties would become a theme for the day.

Next up was Hawaii.  Phil had joined us at this point as well.  I pushed for a bunch of gods and took the god that scored extra at the end of each round and one that scored bonuses for surfers/boats.  Joe was visiting the islands a bunch, while Ryan managed to grab four side two spear huts and was scoring eight points every time he grabbed a shell.  He just blew past all of us, but didn’t have much for end game bonuses.  I did alright, but didn’t catch Joe or Ryan.  Joe had a bunch of end game points, but ended up one point short of Ryan.

Phil had to take off after that, and so we played some Castles of Burgundy.  I grabbed the bonus tile that provided four points for each kind of animal.  Then I started grabbing banks.  In the second round, I was able to grab the knowledge tiles that allowed me to have more than one of the same building in each city, and to buy any tile on the board.  With this I was able to fill in my entire estate minus the boats.  In one city, all but one of the tiles was a bank.  Joe was heavily invested in trading with a minimal estate, while Ryan and Gina were more balanced.  By the last round everyone was very close.  I had a bunch of bonuses for my banks and animals, and ended up tied with Joe for first.  Since my estate was more developed, I was declared the winner.

On Wednesday, Gina and I played a quick game of Agicola in the morning.  We were both able to fill our farms nicely.  I was using the Manure card to harvest a bunch of my grain and bake bread, while amassing a bunch of animals and fences with a fence delivery.  Gina had a huge pasture and a bunch of points on cards.  She finished with 40 points, while my full family and stone house propelled me to 49.

Then after spending some time at the lake, Joe and Ryan joined us in the afternoon for Navegador.  Ryan wasn’t too sure about the game when we started, but got into it pretty quickly.  He and Gina were sailing around picking up colonies and occasionally exploring, but nothing major.  Ryan was able to amass some major cash and turned it into some factories.  Joe was exploring pretty heavily and picking up a ton of colonies once we got into the spice areas.  My plan was to build factories and process the goods that the others were producing.  I actually ended up with a single colony, and then used my two starting boats to help me around the rondel a couple times.  I picked up a few churches to get me more workers and then just hammered the market, building and workers actions.  Once I got up to enough workers, I picked up the privileges for factories and churches.

I finished the game without a boat or exploration token, but I had a bunch of points from my churches and factories.  Joe had a ton of colonies and points from shipyards.  Joe didn’t have quite enough, and for the fourth time in two days, he fell just short, losing by one point to me.

Until next time, happy gaming.

Weekend Gaming: Cylon Invasion

On Friday, we went over to Joe’s for a barbecue and following that, Joe, Kevin, Louis, Phil and I played a game of Hawaii.  Phil and I both ended up going for a heavy fruit strategy.  Louis was raking in the points with the spear huts and god.  He was actually ended up lapping Kevin on the score track before end game scores were added.  Joe was amassing a ton of feet and using boats to score off the islands, and Kevin was trying to get Kahunas and Tikis, but having difficulty as they were the furthest from the beach.

Going into the final scoring, Louis had a massive lead, but he only ended up with about 15 end-game points.  Joe, on the other hand, scored nearly 50 points and managed to pass 100, and sneak by Louis for the win.

Then, on Saturday, Ryan, Louis, and Kevin joined Gina and I for some Battlestar Galactica.  I was playing as Gaius Baltar, Gina was Starbuck, Louis was Admiral Adama, Kevin was Helo and Ryan was Chief.  I initially forgot to deal myself a second Loyalty card, but remembered before we finished setting everything up.  It didn’t really matter, though, as I was a Cylon from the very first card.  I was also the President.

As the Cylon President, I spent most of my early turns gathering Quorum cards.  Sadly none were too useful.  It was evident fairly early that either Kevin or Gina was the other Cylon, because we failed a couple skill checks due to pilot cards getting tossed in the mix.  Gina had the option to look at a Loyalty card of the Admiral or the President, and she chose Louis’ and stated that he was a Cylon to the rest of us.  Shortly thereafter, she sent me to the Brig with a crisis card.  I then used my once per game to look at Gina’s loyalty card, and found out that she was the other Cylon.

A little while later, after I got out of the brig, things weren’t looking terrible for the humans.  All of the resources were at 6-7, but none of them really knew who the Cylons were.  They had jumped again to a total distance of five and the second loyalty cards had been dealt.  Ryan was getting fed up with the way that Kevin wasn’t really helping, so he took an action to send him to the Brig.  Gina was next, and she proceeded to reveal herself and sent Ryan to the brig.  I was ecstatic at this point, because I had just drawn a Quorum card that let me send Louis to the brig.  So the only free people were the revealed and unrevealed cylons and I was now both President and Admiral.

Things for the humans went downhill pretty quickly from there.  Galactica jumped again, and I made sure they were still two jumps away from winning.  Gina used her Super Crisis to surround Galactica with ships.  Ryan and Kevin eventually got out of the brig, but Ryan was still suspicious of Kevin, even though I had all but revealed myself when I brigged Louis.  Ryan took the Presidency from me, but then made me an Advocate, which I tried to use to throw Kevin back in the brig, but failed.

By this point, space was swarming with Cylons, and I was very tempted to jump again early to try and lose the three population.  With all the Cylon ships, though, I couldn’t pass up a Crisis card that might activate some of them.  Sadly I ended up with only activating heavy raiders, which didn’t do much, and advanced the jump track.  Ryan did jump successfully to put them within one jump of Kobol, but it wasn’t destined to be.

The next few Crisis cards again swarmed Galactica with Cylon ships and when Gina activated the Raiders, they blew up three civilian ships, knock the population down to one.  On my turn, I used the Communications Array to send two more of the Civilian Ships straight into the Raiders’ sights.  It didn’t even matter, though, as the next Crisis card had a -1 Population as the fail condition and I had plenty of cards ready to ensure that there was no way they would pass.

The humans made it quite close to home, but the Cylons finished them off in the end.

Finally, on Sunday, Joe and Tyrel joined me for a game of Agricola while Gina was out at a bridal shower.  Tyrel hadn’t played in quite a while, but he was able to get a solid grain sowing/baking thing going, though it didn’t get him many points.  I was working hard to get a stone house, but I had trouble feeding my large family and hard to resort to eating nearly all of my animals each turn.  Joe had a strong strategy with animals for food and a large wooden house.  He had a Yeoman Farmer, so he didn’t lose any points and a huge pasture that scored him a bunch of points with a Manger.  His farm was such that he only had four points going into the bonus points, and picked up 43 points from bonuses, including nine from a Braggart for having nine or more improvements.  It was quite ridiculous.

Another great weekend full of games.  Until next time, happy gaming.


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