Backing the wrong monster

[Crossposted from the Ra’anana Boardgames Group blog, here.]

Refreshments...

Refreshments…

This week’s session consisted of a meaty game of Hansa Teutonica, and the less substantial Titan: The Arena.

Of the four players, only Rochelle had not played Hansa Tetonica before. (Laurie was glad of this because it meant Yehuda performed a rules presentation, and she received a refresher on how to play!) I cheekily suggested she not worry, and simply mimic whatever Yehuda did. Wisely, she ignored my instructions.

Yehuda and Laurie cornered the market of the big on board bonuses, helped by a stupid move by me, whereas Rochelle went for a chain of cities to form her scoring strategy. When the game finished, to my surprise, my chain of cities was just enough to give me the win ahead of Rochelle and Yehuda. Laurie’s latest strategy did not work as well as she would have liked…

So, on to one of my favorite filler games, namely Titan: The Arena. it’s a Knizia designed card game with players competing to back mythical monsters with individual powers as they fight a five round elimination contest. It’s fair to say that while Laurie won this, just ahead of me, it was not a popular game. Yehuda really did not like it. This may have been, at least partly, because his creatures were all eliminated before the final round. Rochelle hated it at first, and then warmed to just disliking it… I guess we won’t be playing that again. (Yes, I enjoyed it.)

Thanks to Laurie for the pictures.

And the winner is...

And the winner is…