On our second game of the Christmas gamers day, Marc-Andre proposed Hansa. Marc-Andre usually recommend excellent games (except Tower of Babel), so we were pretty confident that we would have fun. Components are very simple but they're correct, rules are simple and we were soon ready to play. Francois, Marc-Andre and Pierre would try this new game for our group.
Right at the start the setup phase became important and we took our time to place our markets on thecities that seemed more important. Francois use the replenish action very soon to gain more intersting goods but Pierre and Marc-Andre also took advantage of this. Marc-Andre sold many pink goods and at the same time he scrapped some pink goods Francois had in his hand. To thanks Marc-Andre, Francois gave some tallers to Marc-Andre when he travelled to cities where Marc-Andre had a majority of markets. Francois struggles many consecutive rounds in which he didn't keep any money from precedent round. On the contrary, Pierre and Marc-André used the extra money they kept from turn to turn to do some nice selling rounds. At the end the scoring was very close and each round became more and more important. When Francois finished the fourth row of new goods in a replenishment Pierre and Marc-André used more time for their last turn. Pierre finished his turn in Riga so Marc-Andr. would be far from any interesting goods or markets.
Finally Pierre won the game by a slight margin. Hansa is a great medium weigth game in which the interaction is great ans where you can also control part of your game. Rules are simple for this kind of game but we always have many difficult choices to make. The only minor modification we would make for this game would be put the next available goods on the visible side for the next replenishment phase. We gave this game the Steambrothers approval seal.