- Paul MackieAustralia
This session was an introduction for Neil, who had never played before. Also, whenever we play this now, Brad always asks for my prediction of his final position on the score track. I thought it was about time for a change of luck for Brad, so I went out on a limb: 1st! Yes, I predicted Brad would win, by a tie break in a close game.
By random allocations Pat drew the Faerie, giving him a headstart on the drawing of bonus cards with each advance. Neil drew the Witch, for cheaper gemstones, Brad the Mage, for cheaper artifacts, and I got the Elf, for bonus magic dust each turn.
Despite his newbieness, I thought Neil got into the swing of the game quite quickly. Pat nudged ahead early, despite trying to hold himself back before reaching the threshold of 10 points on the score track (when artifacts cost more for the two leading players). I too tried to avoid rushing ahead too early, and swapped 2nd and 3rd place with Neil every few turns or so. Brad’s choices were perplexing - two artifacts that drove his hand limit up to about 10. I assumed he was going to hoard his cash (dust) for big purchases on intermittent turns.
Once Pat got through the 10 barrier, he obviously decided not to hold himself back in the hope of keeping his artifact costs down. He just went for it.
I had hoped to specialise in diamonds, but Pat and Brad snapped up the relevant artifacts, leaving Neil and I lamenting and both making a move on emeralds. A number of times I went head-to-head with Pat, or wanted to, in various artifact auctions (and two of the sentinels), but fell short in available cash by just a few bucks (specks of dust?). This gave Pat further massive boosts on the score chart, and retarded the rest of us. This happens far too often! Why do I/we keep getting this wrong?
I did end up buying two sentinels, one in each of the last two turns, including the one that gives you bonuses for the number of emeralds held. No doubt if Neil had been more experienced he would have had a better appreciation of the points value of the sentinels, and maybe he would have got this one instead of me. It was almost certainly the determining factor for second place.
As for my prediction: Well, I don’t know what to say really, other than I was wrong again. Elves never were known for their successful practise of extispicy (maybe because they’re vegetarians, perhaps?)…
142 minutes end-to-end, including maybe 20mins or so to do the rules for Neil.
Results: Pat (blue): 75. Paul (green): 57. Neil (white): 49. Brad (black): 17.
(Originally posted in The Mine Shaft Gap. Pics by Mijjy.)
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- Giles Pritchard(caradoc)Australia
Neil looks like he's having a hard time as a newbie in that photo!!! hehehehe.
Good session report. I've been interested in this game for a while...maybe at the expo
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