Second Annual Alphabetic Boardgaming Challenge
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Yes, it's the return of the Alphabetic Boardgaming Challenge, in which I play 26 boardgames with my girlfriend over a single weekend, one beginning with each letter of the alphabet, just like we did last year. The difference is that this year I have a lot more games, so it will actually be 26 games, rather than crappy cop-outs like "Internet" and "X-amine your room." I still don't have an E-game, after trading away Euphrates & Tigris: Contest of Kings, but we used a print-and-play. Maybe by next year I'll have acquired Evo. (Anyone have a copy they no longer want?)

The ABC rules dictate that the loser of each round chooses the game for the next letter, which works great for everything but A. We selected our first game by a matrix method that I read about somewhere else on BGG - putting our A-games into a 3x3 grid, and having Debbie secretly choose a row while I secretly chose a column. This landed us on the game we were both most likely to agree on anyway, which was:
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1. Board Game: Aton [Average Rating:6.89 Overall Rank:834]
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A fantastic way to start the day. We were back in forth in a few temples. Debbie played hard for the 4-temple and black squares, while I threatened a win by taking over the 2-temple. After the first scoring round, Debbie had a one-point lead. I threatened a green win, and Debbie made sure it couldn't happen by playing heavy removal. At the end, I managed to place on bonus squares in the same round that Debbie removed enough pieces to end the round, leading me with a one-point victory, 44 to 43.

It was ATon of fun.

Victory: Seth

Seth: 1
Debbie: 0
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2. Board Game: Bohnanza [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:371]
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I hate this game 2-player, because I think it's far too luck-based. But our other B-games are often more vicious than Debbie likes (such as Babel), so she selected this one instead. Sadly for her, luck seemed to favor me today, as the random cards I flipped over on my turn repeatedly matched the top cards of the discard pile, giving me lots of cards, lots of coins, and leading me to a 11 to 7 win.

Tough Beans, Debbie.

Victory: Seth

Seth: 2
Debbie: 0
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3. Board Game: Catan Card Game [Average Rating:6.76 Overall Rank:741]
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Dunno why this is listed here as "The Settlers of", because from the box and elsewhere, I think it's just "Catan Card Game". Anyway, it's a lot better for two than most other games from the Settlers family, and everyone gets at least one resource every turn, so it's not as frustrating as Settlers. Debbie got out to an early settlement lead, but I managed to build a city and grab the commerce token which would allow me to steal her goods. Then she built the harbor and doubled her commerce, and I lost the token.

She was one point from victory, ahead 11 to 10, so I made a spy gamble and pulled an arsonist from her hand to try to burn down one of her buildings. I rolled a 6, lost my Colossus, and she won on the next turn 12 to 8.

Colossal failure.

Victory: Debbie

Seth: 2
Debbie: 1
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4. Board Game: Dominion: Intrigue [Average Rating:7.76 Overall Rank:59] [Average Rating:7.76 Unranked]
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We decided to play an all-Intrigue setup, which intriguingly gave us Saboteur, Swindler, Tribute, Nobles, Secret Chamber, Wishing Well, Courtyard, Baron, Ironworks, and Mining Village. I started down the Ironworks/Swindler path while Debbie picked up a Baron that rarely worked out for her. I ended up Swindling away two copper for curses, and with no way to get rid of them, that hurt her quite a bit.

She managed to buy the only Province purchased in the game, as Ironworks meant that piles depleted quickly. On my last turn, I hit a lucky Tribute, drew into some Mining Villages, and then chained Ironworks to get three Estates, followed by Secret Chamber to discard all those drawn cards for a Duchy. This left me with a 19 to 18 squeaker of a win.

My dominion continues.

Victory: Seth

Seth: 3
Debbie: 1
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5. Board Game: E.S.P. [Average Rating:6.70 Unranked]
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I know, I know, it's lame. Well, does anyone want to trade me EVO? No? Well then, because we have no E-games, we were stuck choosing between this free print-and-play, and Elbow Hockey. And we don't have a rink set up, so...

This is a blind acting (as opposed to blind bidding) game about outguessing your opponent, where we tied the first round and Debbie won the second round. In the third round, I used my ESP to know *exactly* what she was going to do. I started by nuking her most valuable piece. She responded by nuking my least valuable piece. I continued my brain reign and completely slaughtered her that round. Sadly, she won the next two rounds handily, giving her the 3-1 win.

I should have seen that coming.

Victory: Debbie

Seth: 3
Debbie: 2
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6. Board Game: Fairy Tale [Average Rating:6.76 Overall Rank:747]
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A lovely little drafting game, where we finally decided to play with the expansion cards. The expansion adds some higher point cards that only score if you fulfill certain conditions. I fulfilled everything I had on the table, finding the 8 point diversity cards easy to use, and won by a fair margin.

This one was fast enough that we decided to play best 2 out of 3, to try out the new cards some more. Debbie got the Almighty wildcard to match with her conditional 9-point card, but then I played a Vampire on my last card, and her only other pink card was the 8-pointer. Coincidentally, I won that round by 8 points.

She was fairy, fairy sad.

Victory: Seth

Seth: 4
Debbie: 2
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7. Board Game: Girl Genius: The Works [Average Rating:6.05 Overall Rank:4243]
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While I was upstairs checking my email, I heard shuffling, and presumed we'd be playing Glory to Rome like last year. But Debbie had other ideas, and busted out Girl Genius. This is a shame for two reasons. One, I think GtR is a much better game. And two, she didn't see a lot of the possible plays that I did, so while she managed a Forum win in GtR last year, this year the Boy Genius popped more Villains and Clanks.

General Cannon-Hat is still our favorite card.

Victory: Seth

Seth: 5
Debbie: 2
 
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8. Board Game: Hellas [Average Rating:6.21 Overall Rank:2298]
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Perhaps feeling bad for not giving Glory to Rome, Debbie decides to give a little glory to Greece. I fail at voyages a few times, at least once of which was due to my not remembering that equal ships means I can't play in the space I want to. Debbie's voyages are more successful, putting her out to an early lead and a temple. I focus on claiming the temple. Debbie focuses on kicking my ass, and wins by a large margin.

Hellas no fury like... never mind.

Victory: Debbie

Seth: 5
Debbie: 3


That's all the games we played today. Tomorrow I'll update the list as we play more.
 
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9. Board Game: Il Principe [Average Rating:6.44 Overall Rank:2202]
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We started the second day with Il Principe, which is admittedly better with more players, but plays okay with two. I managed to hold on to more roles during the times that Debbie wanted to build, resulting in me getting a lot more bonus points that way. She kept winning the Lord, so she ended up with a large shield advantage on the board. After scoring the board at the end of the game she was up by a point... and then I got two points for money, two for most cards, and had more cards in my weakest color than she did.

Also, the box is just too big for what a compact size it could be, given the few small game pieces.

Victory: Seth

Seth: 6
Debbie: 3
 
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10. Board Game: Jambo [Average Rating:7.04 Overall Rank:496] [Average Rating:7.04 Unranked]
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Debbie leads with an Arabian Merchant, and ends up paying 8 gold for an extra 3 cards. This is to set the tone for the whole game, in which she will have better utilities and cards, but be behind in money. I spend all my infrastructure money on small markets, and plan to monopolize a good or two, but I see her approaching endgame.

I decide to sell everything as fast as possible. It turns out to be just fast enough -- I sell all my goods and get to 59 gold, but with 2 actions left, I can end my turn and hit 60. Debbie sells most of her goods and manages to hit 59 gold, but only has one action left, and nothing useful to do with it. Yet another one-point game.

Debbie was sort of glad to lose this game, because it means she doesn't have to play Kahuna next.

Victory: Seth

Seth: 7
Debbie: 3
 
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11. Board Game: Khronos [Average Rating:6.38 Overall Rank:2008]
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What I love about Khronos is that it's a large game with complex strategy and time-travel that looks like it should be a 3-hour game, but plays remarkably fast. Debbie focused on building little buildings for quick points, while I poured my energy into growing the largest-sized buildings. I was behind by 4 ecus after the first scoring round, but I had the only appropriate mega-building in both the age of might and the age of faith.

I managed to connect the age of faith so it was all mine, but buildings in the age of might were too far apart, so I never managed to take it over from Debbie's network of smaller buildings. She fled the age of faith to the age of reason in the final round, scoring 16 points altogether. Between some might points and complete dominance in the age of faith, I scored 18 points, and had spent one fewer ecu in the meantime jumping through time, which means... I ended up losing by one point.

Perhaps I should go back in time and connect the age of might instead.

Victory: Debbie

Seth: 7
Debbie: 4
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12. Board Game: Le Havre [Average Rating:7.91 Overall Rank:37]
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I love Le Havre. We played it 2-player a few times and loved it, finally tried a 5-player game, and found it awfully slow. But it's great with 3, and quite fun with 2. A little long for a gaming marathon day? Maybe. But it was my choice, and I feel Leonardo da Vinci suffers with only 2 players, so Le Havre it was.

I've been trying to convince Debbie for a while of the necessity of massive loans in the 2-player game, and she usually wimps out and worries about food halfway through. This time she finally didn't. She got three wood on the first turn, so I bought the marketplace, even though it left her building a lot more than me in the early game. The Diner came out early and I ended up spending a lot of time setting myself up to use it effectively, acquiring the Smokehouse, Fishery, and Diner.

Diner money allowed me to buy two of the three steel ships with cash money, which in turn let me do some serious shipping in the final rounds, ended up at 282. Debbie had 12 loans out and managed to ship a lot to pay them all off, but even with a well-bonused bank, came in just short at 274.

Hope she doesn't harbor any resentment.

Victory: Seth

Seth: 8
Debbie: 4
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13. Board Game: Merchants of Amsterdam [Average Rating:6.72 Overall Rank:1500]
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"But that's not a two player game," you say. Whatever. Between Ra, Goa, and some other games, I've come to appreciate that two-player bidding games offer a lot of fun because each round is a game of chicken. Add in the clock for added tension, and the positioning on the board, and this game was Debbie's choice.

Early on I dominated the warehouses, even scoring a monopoly in Olde Zwidje during the first scoring round. Debbie had many more points in the globe, and slightly more on the commodities track. I hoped my bridge bonuses would make up for it. Bids started to rise over 150 very swiftly, and towards the end of the game I was buying a few key cards at 200 each. This may have turned out to be a mistake, as when I was proudly displaying my four 500,000 bills at the end of the game, Debbie casually counted out her small bills and far exceeded my total.

Amsterdammit.

Victory: Debbie

Seth: 8
Debbie: 5
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14. Board Game: The Nacho Incident [Average Rating:6.00 Overall Rank:6225]
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I like Eight Foot Llama games, because while the gameplay is rarely as complex, strategic, or even as ingenious mechanics-wise as some of my other games, the games are just inherently funny. And really, there's something to be said for games where you spend a lot of time smiling and laughing rather than staring at the board with scrunchy-face. (I love my complex games, but wackiness is good too.)

Debbie likes Canada much more than I do. She likes it much more than most Americans, and even more than many Canadians, Eh? And I think this connection gave her magic voodoo luck, because although I did manage to steal her only sellable good one round, she had much better food draws than I did for the most part, and managed to bid high enough to go first on the rounds where that really mattered. I fell behind early on, and never caught up.

"Nacho best game, Seth."

Victory: Debbie

Seth: 8
Debbie: 6
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15. Board Game: Odin's Ravens [Average Rating:6.68 Overall Rank:1075]
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Muggin and Huggin: Not only the names of the two ravens, but a good description of couples boardgaming.

I focused on Magic Way cards early, winning the three point bonus in both of the first two rounds. Sadly, I lost both races, the second one rather badly due to a ill-placed odin marker, and had a 11-6 deficit to make up. The following round I scored 4 points, so losing 11-10, I'd be going first in the final round. We each got three magic way cards, and it was down to the wire. I added a landscape tile in a last-ditch effort, but Debbie swapped it with another mountain tile that matched the previous one, and flew in for the win.

My comeback in this game? Nevermore.

Victory: Debbie

Seth: 8
Debbie: 7
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16. Board Game: Puerto Rico [Average Rating:8.06 Overall Rank:16]
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I have a soft spot in my heart for Puerto Rico. It was the first eurogame I'd ever played, and completely astounded me by how deep it could be. So many options, so many new fascinating mechanics, so many paths to victory. My gaming group was similarly enchanted, and for a year or so, we played this game every week or two.

Besides, I'd just lost 3 games in a row, so I really wanted to pick a game I could win. I'm not an expert with plotted first turns like the old BSW hands whose posts I've read on here, but I've won most games of Puerto Rico I've played, even against 4 veteran gamers. Debbie started with the Hospice, while I picked up a hacienda. I managed an early tobacco while she got stuck shipping a lot of corn, so my early money was far superior to hers. A few turns down the line, she'd gotten indigo production and a black market to use her scads of San Juan residents, while I got the factory and proceeded to rake in the bucks.

Her shipping outpaced mine, and I kept grabbing colonists to feed my expanding factory production empire. All of a sudden Debbie surprised me and picked mayor, and we were out of colonists long before I'd expected -- or even wanted -- the game to end. Thankfully, builder hadn't happened yet, and I had a bucket of duckets from selling tobacco and sugar, so I picked up the Statue and won the game.

Oh, did I mention we played with the expansion? I love the expansion. Also, Alea 2-player variant rules. But every time I play this game, I remember why we played it every week for a year, and why it was #1 for so long.

Victory: Seth

Seth: 9
Debbie: 7
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17. Board Game: Queen's Necklace [Average Rating:6.45 Overall Rank:1721]
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I really liked this game when I first got it and then somehow it slipped to the back of my shelf and we haven't played it much. This is a shame, because it's a neat mechanic and easy to learn and play, even if a lot of the game hinges on a bluff.

Debbie dropped almost all of her gems in the first scoring round, leaving her with a slight point advantage but a serious card disadvantage. I saved all my low value emeralds until the end of the game when I could favorite them to the top. Naturally, they got kinged, but I'd still saved and accumulated lots of other gems, and in spite of having the eponymous Queen's necklace, Debbie was outscored in all gems in the last round.

Speaking of hidden gems, this game is one.

Victory: Seth

Seth: 10
Debbie: 7
 
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18. Board Game: Race for the Galaxy [Average Rating:7.77 Overall Rank:50]
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No surprise that Debbie picked this, as it's pretty much her go-to game. The parameters were a 3-game matchup, where the points would be totalled over all 3 games.

Game one we started with set hands, I had Alpha Centauri and she had Earth's Lost Colony. I drew into a few of the 3-point brown production worlds (that provide cards upon production) and the merchant guild, quickly ramping up a produce/consume engine that also filled my hand during the produce phase. I won by 7 points, 42 to 35.

Game two we went back to start worlds and random hands, and Debbie got Alpha Centauri to my New Sparta. She ended up with a few blue worlds and consumer markets and a decent engine, while I did not draw a single card with a consume power all game. The game ended when she got all 24 of the victory points available, kicking my ass by 18 points, 49 to 31.

Game three I was 11 points in the hole, and needed a miracle. I started with Earth's lost Colony, while Debbie had Epsilon Erdani. My opening hand included Drop Ships and three military worlds, two of which added military. I spent two full turns doing nothing but Explore(+1/+1) and produce/trade, ignoring the opportunities to develop or settle. Then I played Drop ships and a military world, followed by three rounds of double settle. I drew enough cards off of settling to piggyback a few cheap develops, and at 11 cards on the table, I played my coup de grace: Settle the Pilgrimage world, and consume(x2vp) to toss goods from my six military halo worlds for ten more points. I ended the game with 34 to her 22, which was a 12-point gap.

Yes, that means the final score was 107 to 106. I find it astounding how many of our games seem to end with a one-point margin. Anyway, at least I answered her streak of 3 wins, so I go into tomorrow strong. That's it for tonight.

Victory: Seth

Seth: 11
Debbie: 7
 
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19. Board Game: Small World [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:185] [Average Rating:7.32 Unranked]
Seth Brown
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So many races, so little time. Debbie starts out with Forest Amazons for an early lead, while I grab Heroic Ghouls because, hey, first-turn Ghouls. Two turns later I send them into decline and pick up Alchemist Trolls, who I keep for the rest of the game. Debbie picks up some Pillaging Dwarves, who don't pull their weight, and my trolls and ghouls take over much of the board. She grabs Diplomatic Giants to help her out for the last three turns, but it's too little too late, and I win 106 to 118.

Victory: Seth

Seth: 12
Debbie: 7
 
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20. Board Game: To Court the King [Average Rating:6.47 Overall Rank:1411]
Seth Brown
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Dicey dicey dice. Most of our games with dice are strategic Eurodice (as opposed to Eurydice), such as Stone Age or Kingsburg, but this one is just all about the dice rolling. Debbie failed her first roll and got stuck with a serving maid, putting her slightly behind on dice for most of the early game. But late in the game she was saving 6s while aiming for the general, and overshot to hit the king. I managed to roll seven 3s in the final round, but I needed eight, and so I lost.

I could just die.

Victory: Debbie

Seth: 12
Debbie: 8
 
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21. Board Game: Upwords [Average Rating:5.69 Overall Rank:5752]
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This is our only U option. Maybe by next year we'll have a better choice. Meanwhile, Debbie didn't mind it so much as a choice, because I am terrible at this game. After an early game with little to no stacking, we started playing individual letters higher and higher, once playing 6 one-letter turns in a row on the same word. By the end of the game, Debbie had kicked my ass, 182 to 143.

Victory: Debbie

Seth: 12
Debbie: 9
 
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22. Board Game: Vegas Showdown [Average Rating:7.21 Overall Rank:416]
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This is another of our favorite games. We play the two player variant where each player gets one board, but two bidding markers, and gets double income each turn. A few tiles of each type with duplicates are removed, but otherwise the rules are the same.

I get off to an early lead by paying 9 and 12 for early slots, passing up Fancy Slots to do so. Debbie picks up the Fancy Slots, but eventually has to lead with a 15-bid on slots to do anything. I pick up a restaurant and lounge, while Debbie pays 15 for slots again, so our boards start to even out but my money advantage carries. I burn this on an early nightclub, and move way out in front on points, but Debbie's board catches up, and soon our income is identical. I connect my sides and fill early, but those bonus cards never come up, so the effort is wasted.

Later in the game, I overpay for a Fancy Lounge because it gives me a full diamond, and the opportunity for more. The next turn flips Ad Campaign, so I drop $10 for five points. Sadly, this leaves me unable to outbid Debbie for the 5-star Steakhouse, which was the last rectangular building, and my last chance for a second full diamond. She deals on the last turn, bids more for the Fancy Restaurant than I can pay, and the game ends. We add up all the points, and... it's a tie.

What's the tiebreak for Vegas Showdown? We'd never had a tie before. Consulting the rules, we find it's how much money you have left. I had $10 left, and scored a point for it, and Debbie only had $4 left. But the rules specify that any chunks of $10 that you score are spent, and not usable as tiebreaker cash. So Debbie wins in a squeaker, closest Vegas Showdown game we've ever had.

What happens in Vegas, stays in gets posted about in excruciating detail on BoardGameGeek.

Victory: Debbie

Seth: 12
Debbie: 10
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23. Board Game: Wyatt Earp [Average Rating:6.87 Overall Rank:822]
Seth Brown
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Wyatt Earp? He makes me burp!

That was a Spike Jones song from long ago, even though apparently I'm the only man in America who ever listened to it. Anyway, we decided to play to $35,000 rather than $25,000 to make the 2-player game a bit more interesting. Today we were much more cagey than previous, holding runs in our hand a bit longer before playing them, preventing other players from gaining knowledge or free plays, but also more often falling prey to Most Wanteds.

We went back and forth for a few rounds, and I was winning $32,000 to $31,000 going into what was clearly going to be the final round. Debbie got dealt a bum hand, whereas I postered my wall with Jesse James and then took a photo -- and the game.

Although for a while, she had a shot.

Victory: Seth

Seth: 13
Debbie: 10
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24. Board Game: Xēko Mission: Madagascar [Average Rating:6.41 Overall Rank:9793] [Average Rating:6.41 Unranked]
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Yeah, this one I got in a math trade pretty much for the express purpose of playing it during this event. It's not like I had a lot of good options.

We decided to do another 3-rounds cumulative scoring, which as it turns out mattered. Round 1 we played with the full decks (contrary to what people say about me sometimes), and Debbie trounced me, 63 to 54. We decided to trim the decks down after that, so I removed a lot of the weaker insects and Xeko cards from my deck, while Debbie removed lots of species and not much of anything else.

This turned out to be a mistake in game 2, where she had to pass one turn because she had too many Xeko/boost cards and not enough species. I capitalized on the advantage, and won 41 to 36.

Game 3 started very well for me, as I managed to play three forest fire cards in the first six turns. Debbie had a Bullhorn Blockade, preventing my species play for a turn and gaining the edge in species, but I had lots of cards leftover when I won, so I still won the game 33 to 30. And that was two out of three for me.

Only, we'd agreed beforehand on cumulative scoring, and adding up the scores, I had 128 points to Debbie's 129. So once again, a one-point game.

EDIT for cadavaca: Insect aside, my deck was pretty good.

Victory: Debbie

Seth: 13
Debbie: 11
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25. Board Game: Yspahan [Average Rating:7.11 Overall Rank:444]
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The first few times we played this two-player, we somehow missed the rule about removing one die. I have to say, that single missing die makes a big difference. We never rolled a vase during this entire game.

I started as I usually do, getting the camel farm and gold-macher buildings, while Debbie got a slight early board lead. She skipped the gold-macher for the hoist and played a lot to the board, while I worked up the resources for my own hoist. It took me longer to start up, but the extra gold gathering ability proved to be the difference, because at the end of the game, Debbie didn't have time to build her sixth building. I did, and I ended up winning by roughly the ten point bonus that building gave me -- in spite of a last-ditch effort by Debbie to send one of my important cubes away to the caravans.

I'm sort of saddened that the weekend only has one more game.

Victory: Seth

Seth: 14
Debbie: 11
 
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