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Richard Pardoe
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And when E&T finished up, Europa Tour was still on, so we decided to force the "E" theme by playing Europa Tour (Africa edition) aka 10 Days in Africa.

10 Days in Africa
3 player (Sterling, Rich, and Jennifer)

As Dave notes for Europa Tour, without seeing the other racks, it is a bit hard to note what others are playing or thinking as the game develops. Rich did get a good initial draw of Democratic Republic of the Congo right next to Central African Republic connected via yellow airplane to Kenya. As the game developed, Rich tried to keep his options open and had developed the rack so that a single card would win the game. Either Ethiopia to be placed on Day 9 (ending an orange flight) that would connect to Somalia on Day 10 or any of the countries adjacent to Benin (the current terminus of the orange flight). This would be Togo, Burkina Faso, Niger, or Nigeria. As Niger has 2 cards, Rich could win on any of 6 tiles in the deck.

But the key to the 10 Day's games is to keep options open. When Sterling discarded and Jennifer picked up Burkina Faso, Rich realized that the other players might have some of his desired tiles. On Rich's next turn, a blind draw gave Rich Madagascar which is connected to the orange Mozambique which happened to be on the discard pile. Taking the chance that Mozambique would remain, Rich discarded Somalia for Madagascar. (This was a bit of a risk, but if Mozambique was covered, Rich could still go after the countries adjacent to Benin. As luck would have it, neither Sterling nor Jennifer covered Mozambique so Rich was the first to complete his journey. Unfortunately, the airlines lost the luggage contained the detailed itinerary so the rest of the journey wasn't captured for posterity.

As is typical for these games, the other players tend not to be that far behind the leader. I believe Jennifer needed only a single tile while Sterling was perhaps two tiles away from completion.
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