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Subject: two 2-player games by first-timers rss

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Alan Kwan
Hong Kong
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Alex visited the shop today, and we tried our first playings of
Sword & Skull. We had only 2 players.

Players: Alan (me), Alex

I was too lucky in the first game. In a few turns, I rolled
double blanks twice. Each time, I used that to move my Officer
to Smuggler's Cove, and from there land on Fort Rock with an
appropriate roll, while collecting the Castle income too. I
quickly built a commanding lead in Gold, and soon bought the Sea
Hammer from the Pirate King.

In the second game, my luck was quite rough. I lost two battles
against two Enemies, and couldn't get much income. I was also
buying weapons quite aggressively. Thus my cash went quite low,
at times down to around 5 Gold. Meanwhile, Alex was building up
very smoothly.

When Alex got around 40 Gold, I realized that he was going to win
easily if I didn't go for the Pirate King right then, so I moved
my Pirate with Might 8 towards the volcano entrance. I was at
the entrance "Cave" space, and I rolled a 6 and had a choice of
going to the Lake of Fire, or picking up 1 more Pirate Might at Rum Reef with my Officer. I chose the latter. Alex, with his Officer a few
spaces right behind me, then rolled up a move onto the Lava
Tubes, and he, alarmed by my potential, decided to risk it. He
rolled a nice "4" at the Lava Tubes, which took him to the Lake
of Fire. He proceeded to win the game easily from there.

It was an exciting endgame. After the game, we rolled a mock
battle with my 8 Might against the Pirate King - and I won that
battle. Which meant that, had I chosen to challenge the Pirate
King immediately, I could have won the game! With Alex's Officer right behind me, that probably should have been the right move. I even had the Leather Cloak, so I could afford to be bold.

While we recognized that there was a fair amount of luck in the
game, we enjoyed it as an exciting, fun game which is far from
devoid of strategy and tactics. We were looking forward to
playing it with more players.

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