Wow, so this is what you get for 100 pieces of gold.
Player order: Trevor Brooks,Greg Nicholas, Jean Jodoin, Norbert and Don Smith.
Trevor opened up the Chu province. No one else had any Chu cards, and eventually put down 6 cloisters in the province!
Don put down a fortress in the Chu province, and had a 5pt road net. He also put 5 advisors in the Chu province (overpowering my one lone advisor) and was able to make 29 pts from advisors, and added to his 20 pts earned from the 5 length road net and 10 pts in the Chu province got 49 pts.
Scores: Don 49, Norbert 44, Greg 43, Trevor 36, Jean 28.
We usually handicap the winner by letting them going first, thus
Don went first, followed by Trevor, Greg, Jean and myself. I only put on three cloisters, but got all my advisors on the board (1 or 2 per area), including a last play advisor into the Chu province (which Jean opened up finally at the end of the game) which gave me 12 pts. I didn't even play my fortress, but I scored 33 pts for advisors.
Scores: Norbert 47, Greg 44, Trevor 41, Don 38, Jean 36. Strike one up for Mr. Chan!
Everyone now thought advisors was the only way to win. Having the curse of winning the last game, I went first, followed by Don, Trevor, Greg
I put one advisor in the Yan province, hoping to duplicate my game 2 situation where I had 1 or 2 advisors in a province, and all scoring, but Greg overpowered me with 2 advisors of his own. Trevor put an advisor in the Qi province, but I overpowered him with 2 advisors of my own. Greg then put an advisor in the Zhao province, but Trevor overpowered him with 2 advisors there.
The group think that advisors were necessary were changing the complexion of this game. Greg, Trevor and I were wasting advisors all over the board.
Don didn't put any advisors down and got the most in areas. I had 3 wasted advisors, and Trevor had 5 or 6 wasted advisors. In a low scoring game, the scores were:
Don 38, Jean 36, Norbert 33, Greg 32, Trevor 18.
How ironic, Mr. Smith was riding roughshod all over the Chinese people.