(Rich, Anton, Eric, Dan, Paul)
Since the live steam group was meeting, we moved up to the room at the back of the Masonic Hall for the remainder of the night. We were half expecting Walt to show up, but he hadn't arrived, so we chose Alhambra as our next game. The game started out evenly from a tile count standpoint, but Dan managed to concentrate his buying in gardens and towers, the two most valuable colors. He also got an impressive wall started early on and continued to expand it as the game progressed. Although we all had compounds of roughly the same sizes, Dan was already well ahead by the first scoring, which came earlier than usual. Paul committed the typical beginner's error of overpaying for tiles a few times early, so he was stuck with only a few cards in his hand and no easy route back into the game.
It wasn't obvious yet, but the game was essentially determined at this point, as despite Rich's best efforts, Dan preserved his leads in gardens and towers, finished off a nice wall, and grabbed some second places in other colors to win by a mile.
Final scores: Dan 113, Rich 90, Anton 67, Eric 67, Paul 48.
Eric's rating: 8. This game seems to play itself (which can be a danger if you don't make the best moves) and everyone can enjoy the illusion of progress, even if only one player can win.