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Friday October 16th - A Standing Innovation

Ben Bateson
United Kingdom
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A quiet and short affair this week, with just Dave showing up, and his sleepy-trigger going off at about 9:30 (as it often does).

But we still had time for three first-class games. We started with a couple of Innovations: Dave built up a whopping score pile in the first before realising he had no top-card higher than a six, and his efforts to retro-fit his board gave me opportunity to snap up a couple of achievements. But eventually he got there and took the last one from under my nose.

The second game promised to go the full distance, as the early achievements were shared around quite neatly. As the game reached a heady climax, though, I pulled Fission out of the bag. Dave co-operated by setting off the nuclear apocalypse (perhaps we shouldn't tell his employers this...) and we were facing a reset board and about a half-dozen cards remaining to get the biggest score. Dave won this scramble by a short-neck, making him two-from-two for the evening. The days of him gifting Becky the win seem all too long ago.

We moved onto to the piece de jouer (or do I mean 'piss de jouer'?), Snowdonia. Based purely on my opportunistic opening grabs, I plumped for a 'steal all the coal and run away with it up the mountain' approach (add Dick Dastardly moustache and cackle if you like), and it would have worked if I hadn't fallen prey to the old Snowdonia incompetence of 'forgetting about train maintenance'. This set me back some 20 points by my calculations and allowed Becky to romp to an easy win. Dave seemed somewhat surprised that he too managed to overhaul me at the last. That's what a career path of coal-thievery will do for you.

With Dave retiring, Becky thrashed me at a quick Ulm (it was clearly going to be that sort of night) before we investigated Imhotep: the Duel. We played without rules nor introduction and had pretty much worked out what was going on by the end: it would appear to be worthy of further investigation, I should think.
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