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Subject: Three Way Nugget Tie! (1st Play of PnP Version) rss

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Thomas Hoiland
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[With it being PnP, I used our favorite colors of green, purple, and yellow rather than the colors suggested by the Greenhorn Claims.]

During a year not too long ago, 3 companies competed to be the most successful gold mining company of that season. All three company men were green to arduous work, but tackled the hardships that arose with gusto.

The green company jumped on some quality Voit HDM equipment to his fleet right off the bat. Yellow took interest in laying claim to a section rumored to be rich in gold. Purple began by increasing her staff. For several weeks, the three companies competed. Some weeks, things couldn't have been more bleak. A diesel shortage nearly put Green out of the running early. Purple found that she'd trusted her employees too well. Dirty Mike and the boys gave Yellow a run for money, costing her half of subsidy.

About halfway through the season, Green hit it big. In one week, the rumors of wealth in two piles of pay dirt were validated and then some! From then on though, it seemed that the worst that fate could through at Green happened every week. As the weather got colder, Green kept his lead despite the hard work of Yellow and Purple. The last week of the season though, was one of legend.

By now, it was cold out. Very cold. Equipment had been through as much abuse as it could stand. Green was in great standing, but his excavator was rough shape and needed to start on the next prospective pile of pay dirt. The age of Yellow's and Purple's equipment was showing; they both wished they'd invested in some newer technology. The week before, Green just knew that if he'd bought a new excavator that it would've been a lemon. This week though, the controls were busted on all of Green's equipment! This prevented the next pile from getting through the full process to being washed. Green did invest in a last minute excavator, hanging the closed sign on the dealership before Yellow could bid on a much needed wash plant. The last week's worth of work was done. Purple ran into some bad loads. Green wasn't able to make use of his sluice box since his last pile never even made to his wash plant. Yellow had another bit of sour pay dirt; it could have gone much better for her.

Once the dust had settled from the final week of toil, we found that all 3 companies had mined the same number of nuggets. We gave Yellow the ribbon since she still had the capital sit on for next season, but we all felt like we'd had a very successful year. The lessons learned will make next year a bit more exciting we think!

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We really enjoyed our first play of Pay Dirt. It did take about 2 hours to get through our first game since we weren't familiar with any of the cards yet. Also, we didn't pick up much gear; we had enough to get acquainted with on our first play. The game felt very balanced (our tie being exhibit A) with the hardships being a great equalizer. You could say there's too much luck in how many nuggets you find in each pay dirt pile, but I feel that it is very thematic. Overall, very enjoyable. A big thanks to Crash Games for making PnP files available!
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Tory Niemann
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Great session report! A real pleasure to read.
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tk421 wrote:
Great session report! A real pleasure to read.


Thanks! That means quite a bit coming from you!
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