Woking Games Club Games Played 11th July 2017
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1. Board Game: New Amsterdam [Average Rating:7.11 Overall Rank:1212]
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New Amsterdam is an interesting mix of bidding, action selection and area control, where you earn VPs for your buildings in the city, trading with the local Native Americans, and shipping furs to the Old World.

The game is played over six rounds. At the start of a round, action tokens are randomly placed onto the auction board to form five columns - two columns with three actions, and three columns with two actions. Players bid for columns in a once-round-the-table, bid-or-pass process, and each player will end up with two or three action tokens in three possible types; city actions, land actions, and trading actions.

Players then take turns carrying out their actions, starting with a round of city actions, then land actions, then trading actions. City actions are either adding buildings to the city, or scoring VPs for majorities in each district. Land actions are either claiming land cards, or clearing the land to get wood (snigger) and corn at the end of each round. Trading actions are either trading goods for furs, or shipping furs on ships in return for goods and coins. The city districts also let you carry out some special actions e.g. buying wood or corn, increasing the size of your warehouse storage for goods etc.



The game has some really interesting crunchy decisions. For example, when you bid you can use any combination of coins, goods, wood or corn - it's only the number of items that matter - so deciding how to pay for a bid can be tricky.

Similarly when trading - every time you develop some of the land for farming, the Native Americans move their camp further along the Hudson river. If you don't keep moving your trading hut, then trading becomes more expensive. So the question is, do you spend a precious action to move your trading hut or use the action for something else, and take the hit on more expensive trading.

We were really pleasantly surprised by this game. It's easy to pick up, it has some really difficult decisions, and it looks lovely with great artwork and chunky wooden pieces. A good fun evening, plus...

Final scores: Me 90, Alan 89, Bart 73, Paul 65


Sorry, I have to share this photo - it's very rare that I beat both Alan and Bart, and by only 1 point! Hoorah!
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2. Board Game: Tokaido [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:438]
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3. Board Game: The Great Dalmuti [Average Rating:6.55 Overall Rank:1149]
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4. Board Game: Om Nom Nom [Average Rating:6.36 Overall Rank:3537]
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5. Board Game: Blood Rage [Average Rating:8.08 Overall Rank:21]
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