Game Logs: October 21, 2006
Eleven hardy boardgamers came out to the October Lansing Boardgamer meeting.
Indonesia, PowerGrid, Goa and Coloretto were among the games played.
John D. brought his newly acquired Indonesia game. Splotter Spielen, the publisher of Indonesia, typically has small print runs; this makes their games expensive to acquire. John was able to purchase his copy of Indonesia (MSRP: $125) for aprox. $85. Marvin, Aaron, John D., Rob and Eric were willing to give this new three hour game a try. During the three stages (a, b, & c) of the game, players are acquiring production (spice, rice, rubber, oil) companies and shipping companies from which they earn money. The heart of the game is the Research and Development track and company merging. The R&D track allows each player to choose an area to approved thier ability. Each R&D selection is good, so knowing what to choose and when is important. Companies can be merged together to form a larger company that is auctioned off. The owner or owners of the companies being merged receive the proceeds of the newly formed larger company. So it is possible to have a company merged out from under you. Savvy play in the merger area seems necessary to win. The winner of the game has the most money (not the largest companies), so knowing when to fold `em is important as well. Eric came in first; John D. second, Rob T. third with Aaron and Marvin surprisingly pulling up the rear. The game was well received by all players. I would be interested in giving this another try.
While the Indonesia game was going on, Carl, Bonnie, Alan and Ruth played Goa and PowerGrid. Though she had fun, Bonnie claimed last place in both games. When Carl's fianc‚e arrived, a five-player Coloretto game was taken up.
-- Rob Taylor
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