GRAB Regular Tuesday Gaming, 4/11/17
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Attending: Aaron, Bruce, Dan, Jenny, Jonathan, Matt J, Matt R, Tony, Vann

The tunes:
Goldfrapp - Silver Eye
Elbow - Little Fictions
Chicago - Chicago VII
Scott Joplin - Piano Rags (Joshua Rifkin)
Richard Wagner - Symphony in C Major (MDR Sinfonieorchester)
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Matt R 58, Matt J 57, Bruce 56, Dan 48

I don't know anything about this game, but from looking at the score breakdown it seems Dan didn't play the "cards" part of the game everyone else did.
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Aaron (Crimean Khanate) 76, Tony (Polania Republic) 63, Jonathan (Nordic Kingdom) 56, Vann (Saxony Empire) 44

Tony triggered the end game. We all ended at the same tier of the popularity track. Aaron's largest source of points was territory, largely due to defeating me for ownership of the factory at game end.

There was a fair amount of combat in the late game, but in the early game it was peaceful save one battle each from my opponents targeting me, and me losing. Mostly, it seems, due to my objective pushing me to expand as much as possible.

I still like this one a fair bit, but my rating was inflated due to the high-quality production, I think, and I'm revising it downward.
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Matt J 66, Bruce 61, Dan 46, Matt R 31, Jenny 21

You will notice a disparity in the scores. This is because Matt R and Jenny were unduly distracted by Devil's Sweet coming into rotation on the Chicago album. Matt wondered if someone in the recording studio was having a seizure, or just recording AOL dial-up tones. Dan reassured Jenny that it could have been worse, because his alternate request had been the new Mastodon album.
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Jonathan (Goblins) win, Tony (Dragon), Vann (Thief)

This game has a small asterisk, because for the first couple of rounds we forgot to add Dark tiles at the end of our turns, despite me calling this out during setup. Oops. We corrected course for the bulk of the game. The smaller board might have hurt Tony's chances since he had a hard time stashing his dragon gems in hard-to-reach places, but none of us were particularly helped by the cramped quarters.

The Goblins were victorious in killing the Ash Dragon, helped along by one especially efficient turn where they got three hits in. The Thief was one turn from victory. The Dragon was a fair bit behind the curve.
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Bruce 82, Matt R 74, Aaron 66, Dan 64

"Matt got kicked out (he lacked camels). Dan says it was nice to play again. Caravan cleared once. Dan specialized in that. Matt had many souks."
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Tony 9, Jonathan 7

We played this tiny game as a filler. An impressive number of decision points given the design. The key seems to be deciding when to not use all your workers, to deny your opponent either labor or money.
 
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Jonathan 89, Matt R 65, Bruce 52

The game started with an impressive string of 6 rolls on the white dice (8 of them in a row). We each had to take one miss near the end.
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