Games played at Epsom Games Club 29.03.2018
Gordon Watson
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Banstead
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With the thought of all the inbound chocolate eggs to keep us going the following played some games - Nerijus, Ingrid, Roy, Adam, Elizabethan Chris, Not that Gareth, Second Half James, Biblical James, T101 James, Mike and Gordon.



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1. Board Game: Sid Meier's Civilization: A New Dawn [Average Rating:7.52 Overall Rank:906]
Gordon Watson
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Played by: T101, Biblical, Mike and Gordon

In the end Biblical could not resist and we broke out New Dawn again. We were joined by Mike (first play) and then a late arriving T101 (first play).

Off we went building cities, spreading culture, basing barbarians, trading with Carthage and advancing our technology.Having reminded the noobs to always keep the victory conditions in view I promptly forgot and spent the entire game 'spinning my wheels with nobody home'. T101 had soon got the hang of things and was so engrossed in the game he didn't notice the veritable army of pool players that had turned up. Biblical had an early failed dig at Mike but had still spread like a disease into the centre of the map. I really should have tried to attack him there before he got up to any mischief with the natural wonders but although the 'lights were on I was still going nowhere'.

By the time I achieved the first victory condition my 'lights were spinning but my wheels were nowhere' and Biblical was well down the winning straight.
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2. Board Game: Escape from the Aliens in Outer Space [Average Rating:6.94 Overall Rank:937]
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Played by: Aliens (T101, Gordon, Ingrid, Roy) and humans (Biblical, Adam, Nerijus although the latter became an alien)

I've been wanting to play this for a while now and with Adam having played before to help with the rules and the numbers being right this seemed like a good opportunity,

It's hidden movement with half the payers being aliens and half being humans who are trying to escape from a doomed spaceship whilst the aliens hunt them. After an inevitable false start - it's always difficult verifying rules in a hidden movement/identity game without giving the game away - we were off.

James almost immediately abandoned any pretence, revealing himself as an alien and started attacking things - unfortunately for him, and even more unfortunately for those on his side, it was other aliens he attacked and had soon dispensed with myself and Ingrid thus making it significantly easier for the humans. Biblical showed his true colours by an unseemly sprint, completely lacking in guile or subtlety, for the nearest escape pod which he exited in before you could say 'in space no one can hear you scream'. I don't think Biblical is rearguard material.

In the meanwhile Roy had managed to kill Nerijus who turned into an alien making Adam's job as the last surviving human a little more difficult. There then followed a game of 'cat and mouse' although it has to be said that it was mainly mouse as Adam managed to evade the 3 aliens to find another working escape pod with only a few turns left on the clock.

A fun game despite my early bath due to James who is going to have a lot of difficult questions to answer when he gets back to alien command.

Wins for Biblical and Adam everyone else lost.

It is possible in the rules as they come for both the aliens and some humans to win. When I initially read the rules the victory conditions seemed a bit screwy a feeling echoed by a number of threads on BGG. In the rules all aliens (even if they are recently 'turned' humans) win if they successfully kill the last human and any humans who escape also win.

I had thought that the Aliens should win only if they successfully killed at least half of the humans and that 'turned' aliens had to achieve at least one human kill to be declared a winner. Having played last night the victory conditions as written may actually be OK - more games will tell.
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3. Board Game: Ora et Labora [Average Rating:7.76 Overall Rank:89]
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Played by: Gareth, Second half James and EP Chris

First multiplayer go at this. The rules aren’t to hard to teach for this, but the pig comes around scoring, in that there are a number of things that need buildings that come out in the later stages that you need to prep for.

Gareth went for beer and lined himself up for some decent points via goods later in the game. James bought the whiskey distillery, but never ran it. I went heavy for high point buildings and maximising settlement bonuses. I managed to foil Gareth’s plans a couple of times, which through a spanner in his engine, but left the grand lodge out bit too long and James snapped it up.

At the end of the game, the scores were:

Chris 201
Gareth 180
James 159
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