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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.

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!


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