Ramping up my reviewing.
Happily playing games for many, many years.
For some reason - general business - my first three session reports of 1960 and my initial impressions have wandered into the Lethe. Basically: Not as good as Twilight Struggle. However, it's still an amusing game, and one that I'll play while I wait for my copy of TS to arrive.
This was the third and last game Randy and I played on Anzac Day before I wandered off to my D&D session. We randomly determined that I'd play Kennedy and Randy would play Nixon. Here you can see Tricky Randy (doesn't quite have the same ring to it, does it?) considering the opening of the game:
The first turn saw Randy gaining a solid lead in issues, whilst I built up support in New York. Gathering Momentum - the South also gave me a handly lead there.
Turn 2 saw Randy place some advertising cubes that would - surprisingly - prove my bane for most of the rest of the game. Nixon moved into the South and made himself look good to the Texans, who obviously have no taste. Kennedy moved into the Mid-West and started shoring up support there.
Randy was noticing how few of his events I was drawing; and indeed, I was having hands of my events and lots of 4 cards. Those few cards I was drawing of his I either buried in the strategy cards or used precious momentum to get rid of... As I had not much momentum and only played 1 card of Randy's into the strategy stack, it sort of shows how one-sided my events were. Randy's massive momementum and issue lead was somewhat meaningless... but not entirely.
As turn 3 came to an end, Randy had done horrible things in the South and had now moved to New York, where his media control, aided by events, was proving irritating.
In turns 4 & 5, Randy was beginning to get the benefit from a few more of my cards - and also played events to reduce my CP value. I went on the issue trail, and for the first time actually started polling well on them. I went to Florida to give support after a hurricane, and started to rebuild some of my support in the south. New York and the East was beginning to look bad for me.
Then came the debates. I'd played Lazy Shave earlier, and Tricky Randy was hurt badly by it - I won all three debates! That was enough to swing New York entirely back in my favour!
The final two turns were bad for me, with a preponderance of low CPs and Nixon events. New York swung back to Nixon, but Randy was convinced I was still in the lead. I may well have been as well. Unfortunately for me, the strategy cards I was banking for the election weren't going to help me at all (I had drawn nothing of use, in fact). Randy's were going to make decisive swings against me.
With Unpledged Electors proving way too difficult to get out of, it was time to do the final count!
I've got scribbled on my rulebook the total votes of each area, so that by working out the lesser total in each region we can quickly calculate the total... much, much faster than using the tokens included in the box.
So... final count:
South: 38-61 (29 unpledged)
Totals: 277 Nixon - 221 Kennedy
A fairly close result, all things considered; Ohio was horrible for me, with Randy getting two strategy cards for late vote-getting, which stole it utterly from me and really tipped the result in Randy's favour.
It was a good game, although I still prefer TS.
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Great reporting, the pictures so help the story. I have been looking at this one for a while and your report has been the best I have read yet! IT is all about the visuals I tell you. Thanks for sharing.
Nice report. As said above, this game begs for visuals and you ponied up well. Thanks for the nice write-up.
Excellent Report, i liked the visuals. Damnnn i want to pick up this game. Seems like Nixon is winning a lot though..