Build that wall!

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No, not a political commentary, a game session report…

This week, while Sheer fought the traffic, Azriel, Peleg, Rosalynn and I warmed up with a game of Dominion: Intrigue and Alchemy. One of the cards – Masquerade? – generated curses, and these made for a slow middle game. Azriel kept plugging away at his Golem cards, and Rosalynn had a useful combination too, so both of them scored well. Peleg was put off his stride by Sheer arriving, and the pair of them combined to achieve the lowest score I have ever seen in such a game: eleven points. Considering they started with three, and I gave them three – it’s a long story- that’s bad. Real bad. I guess it shows that too many cooks do spoil the broth. Oh, and I won. (Tee hee.)

Sheer got his revenge when we switched to Alhambra, a game tasking you with building a palace, where the length of your palace wall is as important as the gardens and buildings within the palace. He won. I had a dreadful start, but recovered well enough to finish up second, the others just behind me. It was a first time outing for Azriel, and he usually wins, but not this time. Rosalynn seemed to have a good start, but then got caught with the wrong cards at the wrong time, and she was not able to buy enough. Peleg had also done well, but seemed to lose ground in the third phase, and the game definitely ended at the worst time for him.

Thanks to all who came. Great fun.

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Eighth Wonder

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This week’s session started off with Azriel, Rosalynn, Peleg, and Sheer joining Susan and me for a game of Resistance. Then, with the box top opened, the players decided they didn’t want to play that, but instead wanted to play 7 Wonders. So, 7 Wonders it was. And Resistance went back into the box. Somebody spare a thought for poor Resistance’s feelings…

In the game, Azriel’s combined military and blue building strategy was good, but not good enough. Peleg got off to an awful start, but ramped up when the guilds came out, and did quite well. But not well enough. Susan crushed everyone in the blue buildings category, but only that category. Otherwise, almost no points. Not enough points. Sheer’s approach was hard to work out. His score, consequently, reflected that. Shame. My blue buildings and guilds worked reasonably well. But not well enough. Rosalynn creamed us all. She cornered the market in green cards, and that alone was a top rated score. The extra bits and pieces she picked up elsewhere confirmed her as the deserved winner. Azriel was close behind. Nobody else was…

After that, Peleg and Sheer went one on one in Hero Realms. I think they finished a couple of games with one win each.

Azriel, Rosalynn, Sheer and I played a couple of games of Dominion: Intrigue mixed with Dominion: Alchemy. Azriel got his revenge with a win in the first game. I managed to win the second, despite the appearance of the dreaded (hated) Possession card.

And then it was time for bed.

Thanks to all who came for making it another great night of gaming.

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The Panda, the Jewel, the Potion, and the Artist

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So who can guess what games we played this week?

At one end of the table, I explained Takenoko to Azriel, Gillian, and Yoel. Azriel and Gillian picked it up, but poor Yoel was struggling a bit. I tried to help him out, but it was too little, too late, and he still finished last. Gillian won, and at least I have the excuse that my score would have been more of a challenge if I hadn’t done the decent thing by supporting Yoel. But that would be unfair, as Gillian truly trounced us all, so she deserves full credit for the win.

Then I explained Splendor to Azriel, Gillian, and Yoel. This was a perfect example of how some people ‘get’ a particular game, but just cannot ‘get’ another. From struggling in last place, Yoel quickly got into his stride here, and finished first equal with me. It was very tight – a sign of a good game, played well -and Gillian and Azriel were only one or two points behind.

At the other end of the table, Peleg, Rosalynn, Sheer, and Susan played a nice combination of games too. First up was one of my favorites, Dominion: Alchemy. They rattled off three games of that with wins for Susan, Peleg, and Sheer. Susan’s win was notable because they found out afterwards that Sheer had been misinterpreting one or two of the action cards in his favor, but still hadn’t been able to defeat Susan in that round. Well done Susan!

Then, they moved on to a little cracker in the name of Modern Art: The Card Game. Once more they got through three games, with wins for Rosalynn, Peleg, then (in a two player Sheer v Peleg confrontation) Sheer.

We then had a short debate about who would drive Azriel home. I forget who lost and who won, but Azriel did get home safely…

Thanks to all who came for making it a good night of gaming.

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It’s all alchemy

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This week’s session saw us run through three different games in the one night.

First up, Azriel, Roslynn, and Sheer came long for a couple of games of Dominion: Alchemy. ┬áRoslynn won the first, and I think I won the second. I think, but am not sure. Why am I not sure? Because it’s so unusual for me to win a game of Dominion. But I either won it, or dreamed I won it, or have some kind of false memory syndrome. Anyway, two games of Alchemy, and that was that for Azriel and Roslynn who called it a night then.

By that time, Peleg had eventually finished work and joined us. The three of us played one game of San Juan and one game of Splendor.

San Juan was more of a challenge, with Sheer winning (47 points), Peleg second (38 points) and me well back in third (31 points).

Spelndor, however, was a complete blowout. Peleg and I might as well not have been there. Sheer got to the finishing line with 18 or 19 points, and Peleg and I had only 2 or 3 points apiece. A Sheer masterclass. I am still not sure how he did it, but he definitely did it. Well done Sheer.

Thanks to all who came.

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The infamy of alchemy

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This week, I was joined by Azriel, Peleg, and Sheer, and we started off with a couple of games of Alchemy, one of the Dominion expansions sets that none of us had played before. We used two recommended deck setups with the basic Dominion cards.

In the first game (without Peleg, as he arrived late), it was a tussle between Azriel and Sheer, with me trying to keep out of the way (unsuccessfully). Azriel was gifting Sheer and me tons of Curse cards. Meantime Sheer used the Possession┬ácard to steal the benefit of several turns of mine for his own use. It was no surprise that this nasty, nasty card was responsible for him edging out Azriel. Even Sheer didn’t like the card. Well done Sheer!

We had better luck with the second set, with Peleg now joining in. The scores were much more even, though Azriel’s combination had done enough to get him the win. Well played Azriel!

The cry went out for a short game to finish, so we played Take It Easy! Azriel hadn’t played before, but quickly picked it up to get a decent score. Sheer doesn’t do well at this game for some strange reason, and he played true to form. Peleg did well, but lost out to me. Sorry Peleg. It was close.

Thanks to the three guys for another great games night.

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