This is about our 5th game, and thanks to the designer
for some rules corrections, and to Roy for some
German nitpicking, we may finally be playing with the
correct rules and names.
I was the starting player and could barely roll the dice,
so its a Jester start for me, and everyone else was
rolling natural triples.
Roy and Bill continued to roll very well. Tim's luck
vanished and he took two turns to get a Charlatan (+1 dice).
Steven started strong, but got a lot of manipulators, and
very few extra dice.
By mid-game I had 6 dice and a magician. Bill had 7 dice
and good manipulators. Roy had 6 dice and good manipulators.
Bill moved the dice excellently, capitalizing on just a little
extra luck, scoring the Noble (+2) dice, another manipulator,
and the King/Queen. Next Roy got a Noble, and other dice-adding
cards. Tim couldn't roll to same himself.
The last turn Tim, Steven, and I were fighting for the last Noble,
and I won it. This left:
Bill: 10 dice
Roy: 9 dice
Tim: 7 dice
Me: 9 dice
Steven: 8 dice
Roy struggled to 8 x 5's. Tim couldn't match that.
I think I played well to get 9 x 3's out.
In the end, Bill played excellently, having no trouble
getting to 9 x 5's.
I like this game more every time I play it (despite losing,
and despite the dice-luck, that I usually hate).
My only problem is that I know all the cards, so its
only a moment for me to see what my goals are and what
cards to select, while others in my group are still learning
the cards, and take long periods of searching to
figure out what the best card to go for. This makes what
should be a quick 30 minute game into 60 minutes.
I expect this will correct itself in another play or two.