Taking it really easy [updated]

endeavor

Sheer and I kicked off this week’s session with a friendly game of Star Realms. (Friendly meaning I let him win…) It was a close match with both of us down to about 10 points of Authority (life) before he struck his dastardly killer blow. As I said, it was a friendly game…

Moving rapidly on…we started our main game when Laurie and Yehuda arrived. Previously, we had been playing a lot of Amerigo. In this week’s session we switched games, but kept with the discovery theme by playing Endeavor.

This is a worker placement game with the usual central challenge: too many things that you want to do, and too few workers (or actions) to get them done.

My black pieces had been attacked, but a few survivors held on.

My black pieces had been attacked, but a few survivors held on.

Unusually for me, I had paid attention to previous winning strategies used in the game by Yehuda and others. That stood me in good stead as I slowly, but steadily, built up my score.

Yehuda, surprisingly, seemed to lose his way mid game. He claimed it was because I had attacked him, but I only took one card from him. OK, maybe two… His strategy was to focus on buildings, and I thought it meant he had less flexibility. He thought otherwise, but I don’t expect him to repeat the strategy.

Yehuda's board, just before the final round. Good, but not good enough.

Yehuda’s board, just before the final round. Good, but not good enough.

I’m not sure what Laurie’s strategy was, except to stab me in the back to no good effect. Usually such loses throw me off track, but I avoided cheap shots at revenge and stuck to my plan. In the end, I think Lori scored well enough on cards, but elsewhere rather lost out.

My board lacked decent buildings.

My board lacked decent buildings.

Well, if I had been paying attention, Sheer had gone one better and taken notes. His strategy was to steal, I mean take, as many bonus chits as he could. He was very focused and easily squeezed the rest of us out. Pretty soon, his position was very strong, and he reinforced it. In the end, he won by ten points ahead of me. Yehuda and Laurie fought for the bottom two places with Laurie claiming the wooden spoon.

We finished the session with a couple of rounds of the simple and fun Take it Easy. [Updated] Sheer and I won one apiece. Yehuda and I won one apiece.

Another good night. Thanks to all who came.