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Subject: TVB - 4P - You can't win if you never complete your routes. rss

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Richard Pardoe
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With a bit of time left over, Dave suggested TransAmerica as it is quick to teach and quick to play and would make a good nightcap for the evening. The game concept is simple - draw 5 destination cards and attempt to connect those 5 cards before anyone else connects their 5 cards. As the networks join, this becomes a game in efficient network building - though many do grumble about the luck of the card draw and its impact on the game.

In the first round, Lawrence was the first to connect his 5 (Memphis, Chicago, Charleston, Kansas City, and Medford). This meant the other players took negative penalty points at a rate of 1 penalty point per missing link to their unconnected cities. Dave was nearly complete with only 2 points penalized. Ben and Rich had a few outlier cities and both scored 6 points penalized.

Ben rebounded in the next round connecting his 5 cities (Omaha, Memphis, Buffalo, New Orleans, Washington). Rich did a bit better this round (3 penalty points for a total of 9). Dave did a bit worse (4 penality points for a total of 6). And Lawrence did much worse (6 penalty points for a total of 6). So somewhat of a tight game with everyone at 6 penalty points expect for Rich at 9.

The final round saw Dave as the next player to connect his 5 cities (Phoenix, San Diego, Charleston, Omaha, Chicago). But the only player who never completed his connections (Rich) scored enough penalty points (4) to end the game with 13. Ben also scored 4 (a total of 10). Lawrence scored only 3 penalty points (for a total of 9). But it was Dave as the winner with only 6 penalty points.

And TransAmerica serves its purpose as the quick filler to end our game night. A rather nice way to wind down. I enjoy TransAmerica as it is an easy game to teach family members that might not normally join a game. It is also small enough that it is easy to carry around. While the cards are a bit small and can get worn, I did order replacement cards for a modest fee from Rio Grande Games - so the game will carry on for some time.
 
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