We now split into 2 three player games. While the other group played Great Walls, our threesome decided to try Giganten. In giganten each player takes the role of an Oil Baron trying to make the most money. The board is full of prospective drilling sites, each having a hidden production value. The sites nearer the bottom of the board (start area) are cheaper to buy but produce less oil then those further up the board. Along the right side of the board are rail tracks where each player has a train for transporting oil back to market. There is a black train which progresses each turn and when it reaches the end of the track the game ends. Players move around the board prospecting the various oil sites, building where they wish. They then transport oil back to market, where they can bid to sell with one of the three companies, each selling at a different price.
One the first turn everyone produced 1 barrel of oil, and since all three companies prices had risen, they were sent to different companies. Only Steve didn't bid the minimum 1 to sell. Into turn 2 and once again the prices rose in all 3 companies, allowing Steve to sell 3 barrels of oil for a huge profit. It was Tels turn in round 3 to make a killing after manipulating the price of one of the companies to his advantage. From there on in Tel seemed to be able to sell most turns. On the occassions that Andy or Steve wanted to make big sales they were forced to bid heavily for the rights, scuppering any hopes of selling in the next round. So as the final scores were tallied Tel had managed a comfortable win. Steve pipped Andy for second place.
An enjoyable game, but since it had been 9 months since the last play everyone had forgotten what they were trying to achieve, so the first couple of rounds were more like a training exercise as we tried to remember how to play the game. As with most games within the group : we really need to play this one more often.
Tel 119,500, Steve 72,000, Andy 61,500
Ratings / 10
Tel 7, Steve 8, Andy 7