Saturday, at 9:00am, six of us started what was to be the longest game day we'd ever experienced. Only 4 of us would finish, and only 3 games were played, but by the time we wrapped up and I went to sleep at 3:30am the next morning, I felt as if I'd accomplished something.
The first game we tackled was Railroad Tycoon. Players (in seat order) were John, Rachel, Dan, Josh, Tim, and myself. Only Tim and I had ever played before, and that had been an abbreviated two-player game almost two years ago – so rules explanation occurred first. There were several questions from various people, but I think we were underway by 9:45am. Tim jumped out to an early lead, snagging some quick points with Operations cards. It proved to be a valuable lead as the game wore on.
The over-sized board quickly filled with track, and brightly colored engines as players vied for the most productive routes. Unfortunately, only one person ever came close to overtaking Tim. Josh completed a string of actions that launched him ahead of the rest of the pack, and to just below Tim's position. At one point I think Josh was actually ahead for a turn, but Tim finished out the round back on top.
After the 18th city was emptied, we finished the turn, and computed the bonuses and found the winner was indeed Tim. Final positions were:
4th: Dan & Justin (Me)
Tim and Josh were not far from each other at all, but there was quite a gap between 2nd and 3rd. The rest of us were all within a few points of each other.
Start time: 9:45am
End time: 1:15pm
Total play time: 3.5 hours
Link to Part Two: http://boardgamegeek.com/thread/329049
Link to Part Three: http://boardgamegeek.com/thread/329050
- Last edited Mon Jul 28, 2008 7:38 pm (Total Number of Edits: 1)
- Posted Mon Jul 28, 2008 6:57 pm
Wow, starting a game day at 9am with RRT. That actually seems even more impressing than the fact that you went on for 17 hours. Our games usually turn into nights and it is more likely to find 9am still gaming from last night than as a start of a new gameday.
Hopefully Tycoon hits your table again sooner than in another 2 years. have fun!
After the 18th city was emptied, we finished the turn, and computed the bonuses and found the winner was indeed Tim.
Quick note: After the Nth city (whatever number you need for the number of players) is reached, you finish out that turn, then play a WHOLE NEW turn.
So if the very first action of the very first turn in a round is a delivery that clears out the last city needed, you have the rest of those three rounds (1 turn) + another set of 3 rounds (a second turn) before the game is over.