Game Logs: August 21st, 2004
Our turnout was pretty good as we had 11 people show up today. Five of them were newcomers.
Welcome to John, John, Sang, Nathan, and Steven!
Jump To: [ Alhambra Starfarers of Catan Santiago Princes of Florence TransAmerica 1 TransAmerica 2 Modern Art ]
AlhambraDave, Rob, Gail, John and John decided to start the day with Alhambra while the others played Starfarers of Catan. Alhambra is the 2003 Spiel Des Jahres (Game of the Year) award winner in Germany. While the German rules seem to indicate scoring your longest walls during each scoring, the English rules are less clear seeming to indicate you only score your walls during the final scoring. Its always good to clear these issues up before you start play so we decided to play with the final round only scoring. Rob was big into Towers; both John and John fought over control of the gardens. Dave seemed to have himself boxed in by a lot of walls. The game was a lot of fun, even though the game may play better with four.
Winner: DaveScores: Dave: 87, JohnS: 59, JohnD: 56, Rob: 83, Gail: 52
Ratings: Dave: 8, JohnS: 7, JohnD: 7, Rob: 8, Gail: 6
Average Rating: 7.20
Starfarers of Catan
Winner: BobScores: Bob: 15, Nathan: 5, Hugh: 11, Sang: 12, Steven: 9, Greg: 11
Ratings: Bob: 8, Nathan: 6, Hugh: 9, Sang: 8, Steven: 9, Greg: 8
Average Rating: 8.00
SantiagoJohn brought this game, touted its awards, and everyone agreed to give it a try. I
was a little skeptical at first but this turned out to be a really interesting game.
Bidding is involved twice each turn. Once to determine what field you own, and again to
determine where the next new water canal will go. If your fields don't get water, they
start to "rot". Money is balanced as socialist Chile gives everyone an equal amount
regardless of their farms. Scoring is done at the end of the game based on the size
of your farms.
Winner: DaveScores: Dave: 72, JohnS: 58, JohnD: 51, Rob: 53
Ratings: Dave: 8, JohnS: 7, JohnD: 8, Rob: 8
Average Rating: 7.75
Princes of FlorenceThis game is Puerto Rico's bizarre cousin. You get a mat the same size as a Puerto Rico mat,
you have "builders" and money is simply a tiebreaker. I think this game requires 2-3 playing
sessions to really get a handle on what to do, but the strategy is neat and the gameplay is
fairly simple. There are seven turns thereby assuring that the game doesn't drag on. This
was Rob and Gail's first time and both performed well, but John, who has played before, managed
to secure the win.
Winner: JohnScores: JohnS: 57, Dave: 53, Rob: 40, Gail: 50
Ratings: JohnD: 8, Dave: 8.5, Rob: 9, Gail: 9
Average Rating: 8.62
Winner: SangScores: Sang: 7, Steven: 5, Greg: 0, Bob: 0, John: 6, Hugh: 5
Ratings: Steven: 7, Sang: 8, Greg: 6, Bob: 8, John: 8, Hugh: 8
Average Rating: 7.50
Winner: SangScores: Sang: 12, Steven: 8, Greg: 0, Bob: 6, John: 4, Hugh: 5
Ratings: Steven: 5, Sang: 10, Greg: 6, Bob: 7, JohnS: 8, Hugh: 8
Average Rating: 7.33
Modern ArtThis Reiner Kinizia game is strictly about bidding. It's a very neat game and
every game is bound to have different swings. Everyone bids different and
everyone chooses different kinds of auctions. If you bid too conservately you'll never
own any paintings. If you are too aggressive, the auctioneer will rake in too much money and
you may buy some worthless paintings. Rob, through some great auctions, ran away with the lead.
Winner: RobScores: Rob: 554, Gail: 423, Dave: 472, John: 432
Ratings: Rob: 8, Dave: 8, Gail: 9, John: 7
Average Rating: 8.00