Saturday, March 19, 2011

March 17, 2011 Session Report

Attendance hit double figures this week, as we had Paul, Doug H, Mike, Eric S, Patrick, Erik, Eugene, Don, Doug M and myself available to play games. One group played Railroad Tycoon on the new Western US Map, which Eric had brought. The five of us (Eric, Doug M, Patrick, Don and myself) took around three hours or so to complete the game, which was won by Eric who had jumped out to a large lead and only had two bonds (which he took out to finance his initial bid and track build). Final scores: Eric 72, Don 61, Doug M 60 and the rear was brought up by myself (43) and Patrick (35).

The other group played three shorter games. Ascension, won by Eugene. Scores: Eugene 59, Doug H 57, Mike 55, Paul 43. 7 Wonders, also won by Eugene. Scores: Eugene 58, Erik 55, Mike 52, Doug H 42, Paul 41. Then Eugene took his leave and the next game was Settlers, won by Mike who had the largest Army, with 10, followed by Doug H (longest road) 8, Erik 8, Paul 5.

There was time for a second game of 7 Wonders with those of us who stayed for the final hour. That won was a big win for Eric S, with a score of 70 -- tied for the highest I have seen, as he obviously benefited from starting to my left. Others were far behind, paced by Doug M 54, Erik 46, Don 44, Paul 40, John 37.

Good turnout, good night for Eugene and Eric who won all the games they played.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

March 10, 2011 Session Report

Attendance held firm at eight for tonight's session despite some rainy weather: Mike, Patrick, Paul, Doug, Eugene, Erik, Tim and myself were the attendees. Games played: 7 Wonders, Settlers of Catan, Imperial 2030, Pandemic and Ingenious.

First up was the obligatory 7 Wonders game, believe we had six players (Erik and Tim had not yet arrived), and the winner was Patrick. Then we split into two groups for the rest of the session. One group (Paul, Erik, Tim and Doug) opted for some shorter games, including Settlers (won by Doug), Pandemic (no report on how that one came out) and Ingenious (won by Tim).

The rest of us played the longer Imperial, using the newer map and 2030 version. It was the first play for Patrick, Mike and Eugene, and we didn't quite manage to finish the full game after the leading country (Russia) was brutally attacked and brought to its knees. The two best countries (ending up at x4) were Europe and China, hence the contest was between Mike and Patrick, with Mike emerging victorious by a point (a tie would have favored Patrick). I came in third with Eugene in fourth after Eugene's last bond buy left him a few bucks short of being able to squeeze in a final taxation with India, in which both he and I were heavily invested. A good time was had by all.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

March 3, 2011 Session Report

Finally getting caught up with the two session reports prior to PrezCon, so the most recent session attracted eight attendees: Mike, Doug, Ron, Tim, Bryan, Don, Patrick and myself. Four different games were played and it turned out to be a very good night for Tim, who won all three games he played.

First up (once again) was 7 Wonders, and we had a full table of seven. Tim won the game with a very impressive score of 69, ahead of John (57), Mike (54), Doug (48), Ron (43), Bryan (37) and Don (36). We then split into two groups for the rest of the evening.

One group got in two games. First was Union Pacific, which turned out to be a close finish between Tim and Mike with Doug not far behind. Final scores: Tim 104 Mike 102 Doug 98 Ron 87. Then it was Speicherstadt, with Tim completing the trifecta with 29, Mike again second (26) followed by Doug (22) and Ron (18). These seem like fairly high scores based on my limited experience with the game.

The other group elected to play Automobile, which Patrick and I had played a few days earlier at PrezCon. We barely got the game in, as they were collecting tables and chairs while we were hastily calculating the final scores. What we came up with was Patrick 5450, John 4770, Don 4500, Bryan (for whom it was the first play) 3580. These scores, particularly Patrick's, seemed really high for a 4-player game, and afterwards Patrick thought he may have been paid twice for his cars sold in the final round. So, it will have to go down as a win with an asterisk for Patrick.

February 24, 2011 Session Report

While some of us were away at PrezCon, there was a group of four at this session. Don, Paul, Ron and Mike were present, and they played three different games: K2, Ticket to Ride (US Map) and Iliad. Iliad did not make it to the finish line, but the results for the other two games follow (courtesy of Mike for providing this information).

K2: Very close scores, well at least for three of the four players. It was Don 23, Paul 22 and Ron 20. Mike lost both climbers when he was blocked from advancing and wound up with just 2 points.

Ticket to Ride: Winner was Paul 123, followed by Don 106 (including the longest route bonus), Mike 104 (most tickets bonus), Ron 92.