It had been a while since I had played Tikal and I wanted to get a practice round in before I started playing "for real" online, so I called my gaming dad up and we played a 2 player round online.
Without going turn by turn - some of our highlights:
- More treasure digging than temple upgrading. 8 treasures dug and found and the highest upgraded temple was a level 3.
- I occupied hex 2-1 (first scoring round a level 3 temple) with 2 workers and faced no resistance for 2 scoring rounds. Odd because it only cost 2 action points from basecamp to get in. This proved to be a valuable site for my cause.
- First scoring round ended in a 9-9 tie.
- I placed the volcano out of both of our ways and the hexes started to have higher ranked temples and more treasures.
- Round 10 started the next scoring round - I scored first. By this round I had explored hex 2-1 to a level of 10 with 2 workers guarding it. I also explored another hex to a level of 9. I scored 33 points for the scoring round (10, 4, 5, and 3 in temples and 11 points in treasure)
- My dad's dug his highest temple to a 9 (irritated that I had taken the 10) and dug his treasures. He scored 34 for the round. (6, 2, 9, and 6 in temples and 11 points in treasure)
Going into "halftime" the score was 43-42 in favor of my dad.
Third Quarter: - the move
- the way the hexes were coming by now, I had managed to hide several temples away from his workers and set up a camp to easily access them myself in the lower right section of the board (hexes 6-2 and 8-1 were big temples for me that he just couldn't get at)
- My dad had started thinking about moving some men into my 10 temple, so I decided to sacrifice my 2 workers and guard it. You have to sacrifice 2 workers to secure 10 points, so it was an easy choice. My father guarded his 9-temple losing 2 of his own workers.
- the third scoring volcano shows up in round 14 and this is the round of the move. A temple at hex 1-2 had been occupied by 3 of my dad's workers and 3 of mine. During my scoring round, I moved a worker into that area and guarded it. I sacrificed my 4 workers to shut him out for his scoring round. I scored 59 for the round. (6, 10, 5, 7, 6, 5, and 6 in temples and 14 points in treasure) to give me 101 for the game.
- my dad scoring round went next and he ended up with a round of 40 points. (5, 9, 8, and 7 in temples and 11 in treasures) to give him 83.
- going into the 4th quarter I led 101-83.
A lot of the strategy in the final quarter was based around who got the good hexes and placed them near their camps. I had placed the second volcano in hex 1-5 to nullify one of his camps and that turned out to be a big placement.
I was able to add a final temple and upgrade it to a 5 before the final scoring round.
The final scoring was started by my father, so I had the advantage of scoring last. His final round score was 63, giving him 146 for the game. I was pretty sure I had enough points to overcome a 45 point deficit, and since I was short on workers I made my main moves trading him treasures. I used 6 action points trading treasures to give myself four sets of 3 treasures. Those points were huge. I scored 72 for the round to give me a final of 173.
Great way to spend 90 minutes with my dad online.
I uploaded a screenshot of our final board position. It can be viewed here: My father was red, I was natural.
- Last edited Fri Sep 7, 2007 3:46 am (Total Number of Edits: 1)
- Posted Fri Sep 7, 2007 3:45 am
What´s the web did you play?
I consider Tikal as very good game but I only play a few times.
I assume it's fine to link to that site since the link is also on the main Tikal site here on BGG.
here is the link
you need to register on their forum and use that login to log into the site to play. It plays remarkably well for an online game - and the best part is there is no cleanup!