22-Jan-2002All month
 
David and Goliath

And to end the evening a quick hand of David and Goliath - the low takes high, high takes rest trick taking game. 20 mins of fun later and Paul by keeping a low profile during the game had stormed it. A very close battle for 2nd, 3rd and 4th. Boog grabbing 2nd by a point from Kev who in turn beat Andy by a point. Tel emphatically won the wooden spoon.

Scores
Paul 52, Boog 41, Kev 40, Andy 39, Tel 16

Ratings / 10
Paul 7, Boog 8, Kev 8, Andy 5, Tel 7
 
Scores: Paul 52, Boog 41, Kev 40, Andy 39, Tel 16
Ratings: Paul 7, Boog 8, Kev 8, Andy 5, Tel 7
Winner(s): Paul

En Garde

Scores: Tel , Paul
Ratings: Tel 8, Paul 8
Winner(s): Paul

En Garde

Scores: Tel , Paul
Ratings: Tel 8, Paul 8
Winner(s): Tel

Mississippi Queen

We started the evening off with a first play of another game picked up at Essen last year. In Mississippi Queen each player takes the role of a Steamboat Captain racing down the meandering Mississippi River. Players have a limited amount of coal to try and fight the effects of momentum to avoid islands and riverbanks while charging down the river as fast as possible. The aim is to be the first to come to a controlled stop at the docks at the end of the river having picked up 2 passengers en route.

And we were off, Kev immediately chucked some coal into the boiler to try and get an early lead. However as he was heading left the river suddenly took a turn to the right and he had to pile on more coal to get round the turn. He did make it to the approach of the first pick up point first but was twice rammed out of the way before eventually getting the first of his two passengers but by this time was trailing the pack. Boog ignored the first two pick up points to pull open a lead. He was swiftly overtaken by Andy who decided to charge down river to gain clear water after missing out in the battle at the first pick-up point. Paul and Tel had a slight collision as they both picked up their 2nd passengers, but then put the boats acceleration to the test.

Andy had pulled out a big lead but not having any passengers was forced wide and into a long braking move to pick up at the last two pick up points. However Paul, Boog and Tel were steaming towards the finishing line. An island just in front of the dock provided some high spped tension. Tel made it into the mouth of the channel first but was barged out of the way by an aggressive Boog. Paul pulled in just behind playing for river position. Boog sped to the brink of victory, getting to within spitting distance of the dock. Tel was cranking along at high velocity and narrowed the gap to pull alongside him

Paul then pulled the master stroke by charging straight at Boog and viciously bumping him aside. He was now alonside Tel but moving faster and steaming towards the dock like a man posessed. By dumping half of the annual coal production of Yorkshire onto his brakes he managed to slow down enough to pull into the docks however the tidal wave must have swamped those on the docks.

Tel and Boog were just behind with Andy last seen ploughing full steam towards the river bank and Kevs passengers obviously insisted on a relaxing trip down the river as he was last seen taking the scenic route at a leisurely pace.

A thoroughly enjoyable game playing at about an hour. Enough thought needed to make it interesting but not too much to cause any noticeable downtime

Ratings / 10
Paul 7, Tel 8, Boog 7, Andy 6, Kev 7
 
Scores: Paul , Tel , Kev , Boog , Andy
Ratings: Paul 7, Tel 8, Kev 7, Boog 7, Andy 6
Winner(s): Paul

Web of Power

Launched into my game favourite of the moment next - Web of Power. None of us had played this with 5 before so werent sure how to approach the game. It played totally different to any game weve played so far and not in the way expected. Usually the game is very tight with countries only being opened as a last resort. Not tonight. Countries were being opened up all round
the board. The only real scramble to close out a country occurred for France.

In the final reckoning Tel had only pieces in 4 countries but had cornered the market it Italy having 4 cloisters and 3 of the 4 advisors. Having enough advisors in a couple of neighbouring countries to make these Italian advisors score plus scoring for a couple of cloister chains he acquired enough points to take the game. Andy and Boog both played less targetted strategies and picked up points for cloisters in most countries and a couple of advisors to tie for second. Paul was some way behind these two in foruth, with Kev one his first playing bringing up the rear.

Another great game of this.

Final Scores
Tel 50, Boog 43, Andy 43, Paul 32, Kev 23

Ratings / 10
Tel 8, Boog 8, Andy 7, Paul 8, Kev 7
 
Scores: Tel 50, Andy 43, Boog 43, Paul 32, Kev 23
Ratings: Tel 8, Andy 7, Boog 8, Paul 8, Kev 7
Winner(s): Tel