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This week’s group session started with Yehuda teaching the card game Hearts, but the partner version. It kept us occupied until newcomer Laura turned up, and we settled down for a session with Martin Wallace’s Age of Industry.

Yehuda, Laurie, and I had played this before. It was new to Laura and Rochelle, and so many of the earlier turns draaaaaagged while they tried to get their head round the mechanics. Then, many of the later turns were not much faster while they tried to work out their best scoring opportunities. But they plugged away and did commendably well – matching each other’s score.

Guess who has cornered the iron and coal market?

Guess who has cornered the iron and coal market?

I was pretty sure after the first couple of turns that Laurie was ahead; she bolstered her position by blocking me, and sidelining Yehuda. I was unable to break free until it was too late. (Part of the trick in this game is balancing the need to draw the right cards, with working on the cards you have. It’s not a balancing act I am any good at.) By the time I had my setup the way I wanted, the game was over.

Pretty purple pieces

Pretty purple pieces

Yehuda made a much better recovery, and came within two points of Laurie at the end. However, Laurie was not to be denied and so claimed (she said) her first win at this game. Well done, Laurie.

[Cross posted from the Ra’anana Boardgames Group site.]