This week, Laurie, Rochelle, and Yehuda joined Susan and me in a game of Hansa Teutonica. It’s one we had all – apart from Susan – played before, so Yehuda did his usual excellent pre-game performance of explaining the rules.
Hansa Teutonica is a worker placement game where, as Yehuda commented, you have to shape your strategy according to what the other players are doing. That makes it very difficult for a first time player, so for Susan this was all about getting a feel fro the game, rather than competing for victory.
Of course, Yehuda’s experience comes in handy at this type of encounter, and he neatly sidestepped the tit-for-tat maneuvering that Laurie and I were engaged in, in trying to score points. Rochelle, plugging away quietly in the background, turned out to be Yehuda’s closest challenger, but he was definitely the winner. His line of city routes, slowly but surely built up during the game, was – along with the bonus chits he had secured – the difference.
And thus ended the game.
Hansa is one of those games I keep meaning to stick to a strategy while playing, but end up deviating from it on a turn to turn basis because of some temporary challenge or glitch. Fascinating stuff.