Onto the second auction game of the night which was TraumFabrik. Despite being on his shortlist for purchases from Essen last year, Andy had never played this. Players take the part of film producers who start the game with the rights to 3 screenplays and have to hire the relevant components required to turn it into a film. The four rounds of the game are split into a number of auctions where players can bid for a randomn selection of these component. Each component is worth between 0 and 3 stars which count towards the overall quality of the finished film. Once a film is completed the player takes a token denoting its worth (in VPs) and takes a new screenplay. Bonus VPs are available throughout the game for first films in a category and best film after each round. At the end of the game bonus VPs are also awarded for Worst film, best film in each category and most director points.
Boog seemed intent on spending the whole game hiring Directors, so despite ending the game with the rights to only 4 screenplays (all finished) he must have hired at least 8 directors during the game. Tel on the other hand seemed intent on buying everything he could possibly afford. Hence he was churning out movie after movie most of which would have struggled to achieve B movie status, included in this was the worst film ever made. He did however produce a couple of quality films, his first film "3 Musketeers" took the best film of the year for 3 years running. And his last film Citizen Kane was also very well received. Andy managed to be the first to produce a film in one of the categories, which also won the best film in that category at the end of the game. Despite most of his films being useless, the sheer quantity of films produced gave Tel a comfortable victory.
Andy had never played this before and Boog had only played once a few months ago so neither had much of an idea about what tactics would work, Tel had played over the weekend with his sister so had a better understanding of what was required (after being hammered over the weekend). This made the game very one sided, with the last round really just being played out as the result was already certain. Despite this the game still showed potential, and will certainly hit the table again.
Tel 117, Boog 79, Andy 40
Tel 7, Boog 7, Andy 6