Ladies and gentlemen, when I first bought Abyss, I understood what fathers feel when they stare at their baby in its cot, behind the window in maternity wards. I love this game, and today it showed me how much it loves me.In a four player game with some of my gaming friends, I managed to place first with a whooping 111 points!
The main reason for this was snagging the location The Closed Tower (3 IP for each of your Lords with 1 or more Keys) very early on in the game, with 3 Lords having a key. That was 9 points in the bag, so it was clear that I had to get keyed Lords as often as possible.
Another stroke of luck was being able to get an Ambassador to provide me with a no fuss second location, The Throne Room (get as many IP as the number of IP of your strongest Lord).
It has to be said that one of my opponents played The Commander, limiting us to have a maximum of 6 allies in hand, but I managed to grab The Shaman and have immunity from that. This gave me an advantage over the two other opponents.
Acquiring the City of Mirrors location allowed me to copy The Coral Barrier (20 IP minus the number of affiliated Allies you have) off an opponent and get 11 points for myself.
Finally, adding up the Lords and the allies helped the final tally leap into its final three digit form, with the second place player being at 76. Definitely one of the most amazing games I've ever played. Today I found out the expansion is available and ordered it, so something to really look forward to, as well