Will play any game... especially for wine or espresso.
An Australian in Africa.
A new game for all players. I didn't note the exact scores, but approximately:
Duncan & Stefanie : 95
David & Justin : 90
Nick : 80
David & Duncan both kept all 3 starting tickets. The others only kept two.
Nick claimed a lot of small routes through the game. Despite claiming some longer ones towards the end, I think this really put him behind in the race. In contrast, Duncan was the last to claim a route, but claimed a length 6 route when he did and claimed long routes as much as possible.
All players fulfilled all of thier tickets except Duncan who failed to connect his smallest value ticket when a short, double route was claimed by two other players in one round. Argh!
Stefanie started with an ambitious ticket which required building most of the way across the continent (NewYork-Dallas IIRC). When she decided to draw some more tickets, she managed to draw the 21 point NewYork-LA ticket which was a simple extension of her existing line. Not surprisingly, Stefanie also picked up the 10 points for longest line. (For a total of ~50 points from tickets & longest line).
This game seemed a lot closer and interesting than the two 3 player games played on the previous weekend. In those the winner just built up thier hand to claim as many long routes as possible. Could it be that more players makes it harder to get so many long routes and boosts the value of the tickets? More players also necessitates claiming the routes early since a lot can happen between a player's turn. More play and study is required. :-)