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Player 1: Universities of Jol'Nar (12 year old daughter)
Player 2: The Xxcha Kingdom (14.9 year old son)
Player 3: The Hakan (19 year old daughter)
Player 4: The Federation of Sol (my wife)
Player 5: The Barony of Letnev (me)

Round 1:

First Influence card drawn was a "Cease Fire." We weren't sure if we need to put it back like the Sol Offensive card or if we just resolve it. Since it is possible to resolve (unlike the Sol Offensive), we decided to play it.

One three way alliance was formed between the Universities of Jol'nar, the Hakan, and the Barony of Letnev. The Xxcha Kingdom and the Federation of Sol formed the second Alliance.

Before it even started, the three way alliance controlled 3 strongholds. The Universities of Jol'Nar deployed 6 units into the empty Mecatol Power South space. The Xxcha player didnt think he could deploy enough units in Mecatol Power South stronghold and just didnt challenge the takeover. He also didnt have enough influence left after bidding to reach the space with his units in the Galactic Council. Federation of Sol player deployed into the Imperial Palace to get 20 units there and protect it from losing the game.

Round 2:

Another Cease fire card was drawn. Many new alliances were suggested but not enough happened to change anything so we kept going the way we were.

The Universities of Jol'nar player controlled 2 strongholds and kept coming up with these fancy strategies for us (the allies) to take them over for her. It was fairly obvious at that point that the Universities had the No. 8 Betrayal card - win without strongholds. I made a mental note to watch for it and dont let her get rid off all of the strongholds.

The Xxcha player attacked Mecatol Power South and won. He had 3 units left in the space after the battle. The Barony player had 10 units waiting in Scholaris Imperialis (collecting influence).

Round 3:

The Barony player (me) attacked Mecatol Power South (having the 3 Xxcha units) with 10 units. I also deployed one unit into the Imperial Palace where a giant army from the Federation of Sol was.

I took Mecatol Power South from the Xccha player easily. At this point we found how powerful a 1 unit attack can be. The Federation of Sol player had to sacrifice about 9 units to defend against an attack from a single unit. With me having all of the right strategy cards and the power to check the Sol's defensive card, the Sol player really needed to sacrifice the 9 units or else she would have lost the battle to a single unit.

At the end, we solidly controlled 4 strongholds again and the Imperial Palace was starting to get depleted.

Round 4:

During the movement phase I was busy checking on the rules or something and suddenly I see the Universities player to move all of her units from the Civilian Spaceport to the Sallab Slums (I had doubled the influence to be put there). I just saw it and said...why are you leaving the Civilian Spaceport empty?? She replied - that the Hakan player in our alliance was moving up (was laready half way there) to take it over and the Xxcha player didnt have any influence and couldnt deploy into it.

Turns out, the Hakan player had the Betrayal card that required control of the Civilian Spaceport - that was the motivation for that move. I was kind of puzzled and just focused on my big and possibly final attack on the Imperial Palace because I had moved 12 units up there from Mecatol Power South - leaving it just protected with one. The Xxcha player couldnt reach it either.

We started the battle and I had both offensive and defensive strategy cards that takes out the Sol leader. I had less units though (12 for me and 15 for the Sol). I looked at her defensive card and played the correct offensive card. Now there was a 50% chance that I would pick the right defensive card.

Turns out, I did pick the right defensive card and defended against the Biological weapon!

At the end of the turn - the Barony of Letnew, the Hakan and the Universities of Jol'nar alliance was successufl and controlled all 5 strongholds.


The Xxcha player was all happy because he predicted that the Barony of Letnev player (me) would win in the 4th round. He did a good job guiding us to the victory and was fairly inactive and ineffective - I guess that was on purpose so the Sol player didnt really have any real ally!!!

However, hold your horses...while shaking hands on the alliance victory - the Universities player pulled out the #8 Master of Deceipt Betrayal card. It turns out - the Universities player managed to get rid of all of her strongholds even though we already realized in round 1 that she had that betrayal card.

She lost Mecatol Power South to the Xxcha player and naturally I took it back. The deal she did with the Hakan went under my radar and I wasnt realizing what was happening. The Hakan was greedy and wa strying to fulfill her betrayal card and I wasnt paying attention because I was focused on my big final attack!

So in the end the Universities snatchhed the victory from me and the Hakan player - as well as the Xxcha player who would have won otherwise.

My 12 year old daughter used to win at Dominion a lot but usually loses when we play boardgames. This time, she outwitted us and earned herself a deserved victory. She was even playing as the Universities of Jol'nar...the smart guys...so no wonder she was smarter than us!
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I only skimmed, but so if you already mentioned this, I apologize: how many was your session? Was this your first game of Rex?
 
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There were 5 people - and this was our second game. The first one we played yesterday but it kind of ended a little early. We have lots to learn about the game but it was still fun
 
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Interesting. Having played Dune, I read this, and have absolutely no idea what is going on. Not sure if this is a good thing that suggest that I should own this as well, or a bad thing...
 
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Nice session report! 4 out of 5 players all had an interest in that win, very interesting.

I had never even considered the fact that with betrayal cards, Xxxcha's ability is slightly weaker. Which sounds unfortunate for them, but adds an interesting twist. Great outcome!
 
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Dolus wrote:
I had never even considered the fact that with betrayal cards, Xxxcha's ability is slightly weaker. Which sounds unfortunate for them, but adds an interesting twist. Great outcome!


I don't think that's true, actually. I was just reading the rules, and it says that "if the Xxcha player wins the game through use of his special victory condition, Betrayal cards cannot be revealed." So the prediction victory actually trumps the betrayal card victory.
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tempus42 wrote:
Dolus wrote:
I had never even considered the fact that with betrayal cards, Xxxcha's ability is slightly weaker. Which sounds unfortunate for them, but adds an interesting twist. Great outcome!


I don't think that's true, actually. I was just reading the rules, and it says that "if the Xxcha player wins the game through use of his special victory condition, Betrayal cards cannot be revealed." So the prediction victory actually trumps the betrayal card victory.


Good to know. Thank you for checking, Brad.
 
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Eeeville wrote:
how many was your session?


I meant to ask, "how many hours was your session?"
 
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tempus42 wrote:
Dolus wrote:
I had never even considered the fact that with betrayal cards, Xxxcha's ability is slightly weaker. Which sounds unfortunate for them, but adds an interesting twist. Great outcome!


I don't think that's true, actually. I was just reading the rules, and it says that "if the Xxcha player wins the game through use of his special victory condition, Betrayal cards cannot be revealed." So the prediction victory actually trumps the betrayal card victory.

I imagine this news will upset the Jol'Nar from this session.
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That was an awesome session report!

Also, you all got owned by a 12 year old!

You are lucky to have such a board game loving family!

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