These guys can play


At last, some gaming. This week’s low key session had Peleg and Sheer join me, for three good, solid, games. Here we go:

Among the Stars

It’s an interesting reworking, almost, of 7 Wonders. You have to build a space station using cards. You have 6 cards at start, use one, and pass on 6. Which to take, which to keep? Which might make their way back to you? Which are good for your opponents? Add in the challenge of card placement, managing energy and financial resources, and you get a cracking game that is easy to play, but hard to master. The element of luck is there, but it is not overpowering; instead it adds to the spice.

Result: I won this by one magnificent, crucial, significant, brilliantly played point, ahead of Sheer, then Peleg. Truly a game of great skill… (OK; I admit it. I was lucky.)

Dominion: Intrigue

We went for a random setup, generating an interesting lineup of attack cards (Sabotage, Swindler) and not much by way of defense (Secret Chambers). As usual, I got the Ironworks, Great Hall, and money combination screwed up, and rapidly fell behind. Peleg struck first, but was slowly overhauled by Sheer.

Result: Sheer, then Peleg, then me.

Race for the Galaxy

Before we start, can I just say that the iconography in this game is one I do not like. So, it’s a credit to the designer that I still quite like to play it. However, I also know I am not good at it. I do not think I have ever won a game of RFTG. ¬†Indeed, after drawing my starting world, it went downhill from there!

Both Peleg and Sheer had played before, but it had been a while. They eventually sorted out what was going on, with Sheer’s development purchases being the crucial difference. Peleg wisely stayed away from the expensive cards in the early rounds, but may have stayed away a touch too long, and that was probably the difference.

Result: Sheer, then Peleg, then me.

Thanks, guys, for proving you can play, and contributing to a fine night of gaming pleasure.