"These monopolies will get you in the end..."
Since lots of people had important rallies, weddings and meetings to attend, it was down to Abraham and I alone to kick things off tonight. We started with the excellent two player game Medici vs Strozzi which is (you may have guessed) a cut down version of Medici. Each player is filling his ships with goods, just like the original. The key difference is that there are three ships to fill, three ports to choose, and the pricing choices are a lot tougher. Over the three rounds I built a good lead in the first which Abraham could not claw back, though he tried valiantly. I dare say if we played it again, he would do better.
Then Peleg – our star pianist – arrived, fresh from his concert appearance. That meant we could switch to something else. After a debate, we settled on Dominion. Peleg had a Village/Remodel/Mine combination which worked well, but not as well as he would like. He was badly undone by some horrendous luck. I, on the other hand, was screwing up my Mine/Throne Room/Bureaucrat combination. It worked ok, but couldn’t deliver fast enough. Besides, both of our plans melted like snow in the face of Abraham’s awesome Village/Throne Room/Witch combination. Peleg and I picked up 8 curses and that, alone, doomed us. It was fun, though. I think I still prefer the base game as the expansions seem to be too powerful for my taste.
Lastly, a mention for Susan the perfect hostess. Thank you!
First there were four
Moshe, Shlomi, Peleg and I started the night with a game of Take It Easy, a light, easily accessible, tile playing game. The newcomers took to it well and Peleg and I were well beaten; Shlomi finished ahead of Moshe.
Then there were six
Abraham and Laurie joined us for a shot at the classic Medici. My first round was a disaster and I never recovered. Shlomi was in the same boat as me, just not quite as bad. Peleg worked away quietly, but in the last round lost out to some quietly effective play by Laurie and Moshe. These two finished second equal, with Abraham’s well-timed move taking him into the winning position. Well played Abraham. (He even had time to explain to Laurie about her options in one turn, which were to his detriment. Kol hakavod.)
We played another Knizia game: Formula Motor Racing which saw Shlomi win the first race, ahead of Abraham. Moshe won the second race ahead of Peleg. Overall joint winners were Moshe and Shlomi with Abraham and Peleg not that far behind.
Then there were five
Peleg had to leave at this point. Last up was Metro, a deceptively easy tile laying game that can also be cruel and unforgiving. Abraham and Moshe got into a bit of a tussle for the lead, but were so busy concentrating on each other, they forgot about everyone else and ended up last equal! Laurie and I managed a respectable score, but were well beaten by Shlomi. Well done, sir!
A good night’s gaming. Superb.