Martin and Pierre just acquired the Himalaya expansion and we were anxious to try it. Our first games with 3 or 4 players were great but the expansion diminish the luck factor because you now know in advance the cities where the delivery or the goods will appear. The expansion also allow to play 5 or players and there is not a lot of good games that we can play with these number of players.
Most of the players started in the center and in round 1 3 players ended on the same city as most of the ressources on city 14 and 9 were taken by many players. On turn 2 4 players were looking at a nice delivery on city 13 but Nathalie was the first to arrive and the others lost their action, 4 players ended on city 18 ! During the next turn Nathalie again stole a delivery from Martin who tought Nathalie would make another delivery instead. Martin had a tought start with no meeple at all on the board. He was still able to put the Yeti special event to Pierre and Marc-André, he told us it was defensive since he didn't want it near him. We all believe you Martin and we forgive you Marc-Andre was accumulating many gold as he followed Pierre who took the less precious goods. On turn 7 Sophie place a special event market on city 9 but Nathalie put a Yeti event on Sophie's path to stole the precious gold from Sophie. We were quite surprised by this move from Nathalie but we all supposed she was inspired by Martin. During the last turns people some people were beginning to panic since they didn't have enough stupas to pass the first elimination round. On turn 11 Sophie put a storm event and she was able to make 2 nice deliveries. On last turn Pierre put a storm in the south to block Nathalie and Sophie so he could make 2 nice deliveries. Marc-Andre was able to make one last delivery that enabled him to stay in the final scoring with the control of one more region. If he had not make this delivery he would have been eliminated in 2nd round of elimination.
Martin was eliminated because he the least stupa score. Then it was Nathalie who was out with the less region controlled by her. Finally Pierre, Marc-André and Sophie were left and had to calculate the total value of their yacht skins. Finally Marc-Andre was the winner.
In a game with 5 players you put your stupas early in the game because there is not much city left without any stupas in the end. This allow you to then concentrate and the other scoring, specially yacht skins. Marc Andre used a good strategy of going for precious goods early in the game and he scored good good in intermediate scoring and he made big delivery with his gold in th last turns.
We really apreciate this game with 5 players. Interaction was great and the new rule about good placement was excellent. The components are also of good quality. We'll never play this game without this expansion.
1 st place: Marc-Andre
2nd place: Sophie
3rd place: Pierre
4th place: Nathalie
5th place: Martin