_____BGG.CON_____ BGG@SEA BGG.Spring
I arrived at Borders around 4:30 expecting to get in a
game of Hera and Zeus with Sean, but it didn't happen.
Ray was next to arrived and we chatted for a few
minutes when Sean finally showed up. We settled on
Puerto Rico as Ray had not played before and Sean had
only played once before - with quite a few rules
incorrect so he was new to the real game as well.
Just as I was finishing the rules explanation, Pete
showed up who had played before and we quickly changed
the component count for 4 players instead of three.
Ray got off to a good start by being the first corn
producer in the turn order and earning a few point in
shipping it. I grabbed a tobacco field for a cash
crop to finance a building strategy, but based on my
further plantation draws, and those of others I
switched to a diversified/factory strategy to get
money for buildings and a harbor/wharf combo for some
shipping points. Pete was also looking for
diversification, and Sean with his hacienda quickly
filled up the plantation and was producing many
barrels of all kinds of goods. Unfortunatly neither
of them got the other factory to bring in cash as
well. It's important with that strategy to get the
factory as early as possible - even if it requires
holding off on production buildings for a while. I'm
no expert, but I have played around 20 games FTF.
This is no comparison to those who have played over
1000 games on BSW and analyzed it to the point of
having a script for the first two turns - I personally
don't enjoy that level of scrutiny and I don't think
the game requires or deserves it.
Final scores (I think?):