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Michael Z
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So I discovered this gem a couple of months ago.

Sure, is it fun!

Fun means fun. But also means brutally challenging.

Only took 14 sessions to beat it solo.
Playlist Side A

Damn pirates and Homeworld riots
Playlist side B


The first game was ominous enough. Turn five. No upkeep available. Two challenges unmet. BAM! Civilisation collapses.


There are a few rules I did miss out a few times.

*I advanced the era every playthrough, not only after victories.

*I probably used the alternative track boosting BATTLE phase option when it should have been unavailable due to adjacent rivals.

*I may have forgottten to seed named sectors with rival neutrals at the start of the game.


Part of what led to the toughness was a number of non-track boosting advances on the original seed of planets. A lot of Military (Battle twice) and FTL drives (Expand an extra hex away). It also wasn't until about 10 sessions in when I worked out how to actually get on the pathway to victory.

In the end the Vermicillia from planet PHO KO VIL in sector #36 achieved a Might Victory. To top it off they built an explorer's monument as well.
Vermicelli Civ CARD

VERMICELLI TABLEAU

Eco-exploration Empire: We will conquer your planet and then look after it

Some stats after 24 plays:

*4 wins (1 monument)

Deck size: 66 cards
Suits
SKULL 15
FIST 10
MOON 10
SUN 8
HEART 13
BIRD (foot) 10

Type
CIVILIZATION 4
BLANK (suit and value only) 9
PLNETS 26 (1) 12 (2) 4 (3) 10
TECH 27 (1) 8 (2) 5 (3) 14


After a total of 32 plays the map looks something like that.
(32 Plays)




And here's a couple more photos showing me playing a different map with some people at my gaming group. The first game of this saw neutrals over run the board. I was destroyed at least 5 or 6 times until another player claimed victory.



ONe thing I find interesting at the club is seeing how others interpret copying the suit symbols.



(For those of your wondering - the small plastic cubes come from Spheres of Influence: Struggle for Global Supremacy. They're pretty much perfect for this.
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Bruce Bacher
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Good job!

Yes, I've missed some rules along the way also. We're growing and learning alongside our civilizations.

I like the way you've color-coded your cards. Mine are bland pencil on paper.
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Colour-coding helped me in the start. I gave up maybe around game 30.
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