Whilst waiting for everyonme else to turn up for the November Games day Andy, Steve Tiller and Tel played a game of St Petersburg. Steve was a novice to the game so needed a full rules explanation.
The random distribution of the start tokens saw Tel start the Green and Blue rounds in the first round. Despite being advised that it was worth taking both green cards in the first round, Steve decided to pass on his 2nd green card allowing Tel to grab 3. Very little was bought over the next couple of rounds. Both Andy and Tel decided to invest in some blue cards in the third round, though their tactics diverged at that point with Andy going after a predominantly blue strategy, and Tel switching over to red. Steve was still struggling to see how the game was working. Andys blue strategy gave him a large lead as the final round approached, but he had no red cards. Tel was in second but had most of the base red cards and a couple of upgrades, Steve was lying in l;ast place but he had managed to acquire a few red cards. Tels bumper score on the reds was enough to see him overtake Andy and score a comfortable win, Andy had enough of a lead to stay ahead of Steve.
Its easy to see in hindsight, but the decision by Steve to pass over the green card in the first round was quite costly. He was always playing catch-up with regards to income. The game lasted 6 rounds which meant that the extra green card was worth 18 minus the 7 cost, so a bare minimum of 11 cash over the course of the game. Steve felt he was at a disadvantage in the game as in the first round he only got first shot at the exchange cards, so this was another reason he was playing catchup. I guess well have to try more games of this to see if seating order is a big factor in the game.
Scores : Tel 76, Andy 58, Steve 42
Ratings: Tel 8, Andy 7, Steve 7