Magellen is an auction game. The game consists of 36 cards that are auctioned off, 18 in the first round, 12 in the second and 6 in the last. Each card depicts one of the 6 explorers in the game. In the first round each time a player wins an auction they place one of their ships onto that explorers trail, in future rounds they must advance one of their ships for that explorer. So in the 2nd and 3rd rounds players may only bid on explorers they won auctions for in the previous round. Each player starts with 9 bidding cards, these are valued 1-9. Between each round players draw 2 new random bidding cards. The explorers all give benefits to the players ranging from giving more bidding cards to giving victory points at the end of the game. At the end of the game victory points awarded by the explorers is added to the victory points indicated on the players remaining bidding cards. The player with the highest Vps win.
Andy, Paul and Oggie had all played the game at Essen so had the advantage over Steve and Tel. But the three experienced(!!!!) players all adopted different tactics. For most of the first round Oggie dropped out of every auction, so with only a few cards left it looked like he was going to be dispatched to make the drinks taking no further part in the game. To stay in the game he was forced to pay through the nose to buy some of the later cards. The explorers bonuses seem split between giving victory points at the end of the game and allowing for replenishing bidding cards. Paul seemed to concentrate his efforts gaining cards, he was the only player to manage to win two auctions for the same explorer in the first round. Steve managed to get representation in the same 3 explorers as Paul and one other. Tel managed to totally avoid Paul by getting a presence in the other three explorers. Andy matched each of Tels pieces plus also got one into Paul territory. Oggie had two in Tel's explorers and 1 with Paul. Andy was forced to pay more than he wanted for the last card in round one which severly hampered him for the rest of the game. Into the second round, and Steve and Paul managed to close out their private battle by ensuring they both advanced 1 in each of the three explorers they were battling over. Tel managed to advance his piece in each of the other three explorers, Oggie managed to advance in 2 with Andy only managing to win 1 auction in the second round. Paul managed to win the batlle with Steve in the final round 2-1. In the other half Oggie won the first battle, but Tel took the other 2 to leaving Andy to win nothing in the final round. Tel scored 38 Vps from the board and the 10 points left in his hand was enough for victory, Paul claimed only 10 points from the board but the 29 in his hand was enough for second. Oggie just pipped Steve for third with Andy winning the wooden spoon.
This game got a very mixed reception. Oggie, who is not a big fan of auction games, marked the game down as a 5, while Paul rated as high as an 8. As with most games thare is a balancing act to be done, in this case decisions have to be made whether to go for the VP or card producing explorers, also since unused cash scores VPs the decision of when to drop out of auctions is not just a case of "how much can I afford". One possible criticism is its replayability, although the boards are reversible so that each explorer has two possible sets of abilities, we can see the game being very similar. However with the number of games in the group I can't see this being a too much of a problem within our group.
Tel 48, Paul 39, Oggie 33, Steve 30, Andy 23
Ratings / 10
Tel 7, Paul 8, Oggie 5, Steve 6, Andy 7