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Friday 6th March - Great Dame

Ben Bateson
United Kingdom
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The title is an oblique reference to our in-joke of, whenever the Great Dam is played in Terraforming Mars, somebody bellowing "DAMN!" at full volume. Well, it keeps me amused anyway.

Tony and Peter were already set up for round 2 of Great Western Trail, and they lassooed John in for a learning game (mostly, I suspect, so Tony had someone to beat). This left Becky and I at a bit of a loose end as we had packed for 5P, Tony having been unresponsive to communications all day. But luckily, Peter had also packed Terraforming Mars, which gave us something to teach Ian.

Despite the fact that we had introduced the game to at least a dozen people over the past couple of years, I don't think I had ever taught Terraforming Mars before. But I made a decent fist of things, Ian nodding along gamely before building up a pretty solid engine based at hurling large rocks at the planet. Becky built up a microbe based economy with one of the newer corporations, while I leached off her with Ants and built a Space Fleet for plenty of endgame points. But her presence on the board and an early milestone-gathering foray was enough to put her comfortably ahead, with a far-from-disappointing Ian only five points adrift.

Surprisingly, GWT finished before us, and had moved onto Tony's Alpha-phase "Rome Sweet 'Not Tapestry, Honest' Rome". I fear this one will never see the light of day once the light dawns: Tony seems a bit over-obsessed with multi-use cards a la Guilds Of London at the minute.

We finished matters with Notre Dame, a game I seem incapable of winning (mostly due to a tendency to ignore plague). Despite looking pretty strong throughout, manipulating the park and opportunistic cathedral grabbing, I finished second to Becky who had a whopping 59 points. Ian tried for message-collection, but ran seriously short of cubes in the mid-game and had to start harvesting them from elsewhere.

No time for a closer this week. We all sent condolences to Gerv, who texted in complaining of a suspicious 'flu-type bug' and decided that going home to bed might not be the worst thing in the circumstances.
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