Beerse [near Turnhout]
I introduced El Grande to 2 gamers that never played it before [that makes sense huh: "introducing" and "never played before" in the same sentence. 5 players: 2 rookies, 1 played it before and 2 fans.
One of them was helped by a an "oldbie".
As susual, the experienced players helped out the new ones with lots of suggestions, but always left the decision to the newbie.
The board developed a bit weird: one region only got its first Caballero in round 5; the King moved from one spot the the oither spot and back; as usual 1 or 2 regions attracted a lot of caballeros.
The newbie-without-support quickly took the last position in the first scoring and - whatever he did - he never recovered from that. But he had to admit at the end of the game: El Grande is a great game and he learned a lot from his mistakes. We'll see about that the next time we play this.
The one with support was doing better: they discussed a lot the options and as a result the newbie made the better choices. But after scoring round 2 an expected outcome:
- the 2 fans were furiously fighting and took places 1 and 2
- the newbie-with-aide came in third, closely followed by the gamer who played EG for the 3rd time
- Do I need to repeat the the newbie-on-its-own came in last?
Rounds 7 to 9 generated a lot of direct "combat" between the 2 experienced players. And as usually happens, when 2 dogs are fighting for a bone ...
Round 9 brought a lot of good cards to the table leading to big changes everytime a player used his special action. The 3rd and last scoring round resulted in a tie between one the EG fans and the newbie-with-support, closely followed by the other EG veteran.
Another great game introduced to 2 new players. Can't wait until we play it again.