Ramping up my reviewing.
Happily playing games for many, many years.
In truth I made two mistakes. Firstly I didn't invest in buildings and hence reap the reward later down the track for doing so. I only woke up to the rule about plaing for 1 on your on building later. I thik I needed at least some building investment. I also didn't handle the favour tracks well. I got lots of favours aok, but I didn't use them to their fullest and wastest a couple of favours because I was short on cash. Such is life. I would play infinitely better a second time round.
Good luck for your next game! In fact, using favours for cash isn't all that bad a strategy. In 2-3 player games, the building track is dominant, but the money track comes close to 2nd - especially when the bank comes out and you can convert money to gold.
The game was won by Jacob who just built all day. Because there were so many rules and implications of rules I spent all day waeving the threads to thier appropriate conclusions without actually playing the game. I was somewhat obsessed my the castle and miscalcualted several times.
Ah yes - the joy of miscalculating. Been there. Done that. Lost the games to prove it.
The experts amoung us had a gentlemans agreement to be kind with the probiscus?? which I think is useful for a first game.
Provost. Definitely a good idea when you're learning.
Just one question. Where was the catchup mechanism?
There isn't really a catch-up mechanism. However, even with average plays, you'll generally be in touch with the leader. It's hard to make a runaway win until the endgame.
I've noticed that even in games when I've taken the early lead in points (and production buildings), the result has been quite close - this is because I've been depleting my stock of cubes.