Last game of the night was Showmanager. And before I start this report I'd just like to say that Andy did not cheat.
Each player starts with a budget of 18k. With this money he needs to hire actors to be able to produce 4 plays. There are always 4 actors available for hire at a cost of 0, 1k, 2k and 3k. Alternatively the player may pay 2k to replace all 4 actors. Each actor is adept at playing either 1,2 or 3 of the available 18 roles, and will add towards the quality of the show. If an actor is miscast in a role, he contributes nothing towards the quality of the show. Performances made without a miscast actor recieve a bonus. Once everyone has produced the four shows the game is over and points are awarded according to the quality of the respective shows. Whoever gains the most points wins.
5 of the 6 players put the same show (Wolf) on first, only Kev was different prefering to produce the more difficult Ballet. As the players were collecting for the second show, Steve decided that he didn't like any of the actors available and seemed intent on searching the whole of Equity for the stars of his show. This of course was costing him 2k a time, but money was no object to a producer as determined as Steve. To the extent that at one point he had spent his initial allocation of 18k plus an additional 10k taken against his first production and was still missing cast members for his next production. Hence he was forced to take whatever actor came along to fill the last two roles. The final production was glittered with stars, unfortunately it was let down by a terribly miscast performance in one of the roles which prevented it from being the toast of the town. Impending bankruptcy also forced Steve to borrow heavily from the show further marring its reputation.
With 3 productions in place for everyone it appeared to be a two horse race as Andy and Tel shared the top 2 spots in the 3 productions they'd put on. However Kev had put an impressive Ballet on in the richest city. Four of the producers were desperately fighting over actors that could dance to put on a Ballet while Kev was happily having a free choice of the remaining actors for Wolf. While both Andy and Tel managed to fill the ballet without miscasting anyone, their productions were filled with the dregs of the acting community. However Kevs production of Wolf opened to rave reviews and he was soon crowned top producer.
The only gripe with tonights game of Showmanager was that it took 2 hours to play, far too long for the game it is. When we played with 5 earlier in the year the game played much quicker. Now whether the game took so long because there were 6 of us or whether it was because of the number of "burn em" calls to clear the actors roster I'm not sure, but I doubt it will hit the table again as a six player game. Howver the game is good fun and will certainly be played again with fewer players.
Kev 55, Tel 45, Andy 34, Oggie 33, Steve 32, Paul 22
Ratings / 10
Kev 8, Tel 6, Andy 8, Oggie 6, Steve 6, Paul 7