Ramping up my reviewing.
Happily playing games for many, many years.
Thebes is, how shall I put it, a game with a healthy dose of luck involved. Randy is excellent at the game, because he's a lucky sod who gets all the breaks. This was wonderfully demonstrated in this game from the very start.
The early part of Thebes involves spending time wandering around Europe and researching the various dig sites. Four cards are turned face up and, if you're in the location named on the card, you can pick up the card and spend the weeks listed absorbing the information. Otherwise you have to travel before doing so, which takes more time.
As you can imagine, you don't want to move.
Randy moved to Moscow to take his first card... and for the next six or seven cards, whenever his turn came around again, another really good Moscow card had come up. Meanwhile, Rich and I were wandering around London, Berlin, Rome and Vienna, spending a lot of time and getting poorer cards. Of course, when I eventually went to Moscow, the good cards stopped appearing.
Randy then demonstrated that he's very good at drawing good tiles out of the "dig" bags. Some of the tiles are sand, others are treasures. Generally Randy drew a lot of treasure.
Still, I had Randy on one point: I knew a lot about Aegypt, and I escavated many a treasure there as well. Rich knew lots about Crete and Mesopotamia, but, alas, wasn't as lucky at getting treasures from there... mainly because Randy got them instead.
The last part of the game I spent running around Europe trying to get better knowledge of the dig sites than Randy; I managed to tie him and exceed him in some areas, but it wasn't enough.
Thebes is a really fun game, but I did quite poorly in this game. I just enjoyed Aegypt.
Greece: Randy 16 (+3), Merric 5 (+3), Rich 6
Crete: Rich 12 (+5), Randy 11
Egypt: Merric 25 (+5), Rich 1
Palestine: Randy 20 (+3), Merric 4 (+3), Rich 3
Mesopotamia: Randy 16, Rich 8 (+5), Merric 2
Congress: Randy 10, Rich 6, Merric 3
Exhibitions: Randy 17, Rich 14, Merric 14
Randy 96, Rich 60, Merric 54
Nice report. Just played this for the first time 2 days ago. As long as one can tolerate a healthy dose of luck, it's a pretty fun game. I like the means of determining who gets the next turn, as well as the concept of spending "time". Love the artwork and the personal "spinny things", too.
That's Karl on the left. Eternity on the right.
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As long as I'm winning, I'll keep telling ya. "It's all skill!"