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Robert K Gabhart
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We ran a 3-player game of Scavengers over the weekend. It was me, one of the playtesters from Thursday night and a new player that had never seen the game before. The interaction was solid and there was much greater emphasis upon bluffing and positioning in this game as compared to Thursday nights game. In part this was due to the numbers (bluffing tends to be more effective in 3-player games and less effective in 5-player games), but it also had to do with the fact that two of us were already familiar with the game.

After the initial gathering rounds, the contested rounds transpired as follows:

- Contested Resource #1 (Grenade) - Won with an attack of 4 [tie broken based upon # of people]
- Contested Resource #2 (Wolf Pack) - Won with an attack of 5
- Contested Resource #3 (Tribe Family of 3) - This one was a draw. All 3 of us had an Attack of 5 with 3 people in the Skirmish.
- Contested Resource #4 (Grenade) - This one was a draw. All 3 of us had an Attack of 5 with 3 people in the Skirmish.
- Contested Resource #5 (Sled) - Won with an attack of 2 [two players bluffed, one player actually had an attacker].
- Contested Resource #6 (Sled) - Won with an attack of 4
- Contested Resource #7 (Tribe Family of 4) - Attack of 7
- Contested Resource #8 (Tribe Family of 3) - Attack of 5
- Contested Resource #9 (Tribe Family of 5) - Attack of 7
- Contested Resource #10 (Tribe Family of 5) - Attack of 6
- Contested Resource #11 (Raiding Party) - Attack of 4
- Contested Resource #12 (Tribe Family of 4) - Attack of 5
- Contested Resource #13 (Tribe Family of 3) - Attack of 7
- Contested Resource #14 (Tribe Family or 4) - Attack of 6 [two players tied their attack score and a Sniper Team from the third player decided victory]


The final score for the game was as follows:

- Mike (31 people)
- Kyle (32 people)
- Jon (37 people)


Popular cards in this play session included the Scout, Hunter, and Brawler cards. At one point, Jon actually drew 3 Brawler cards into the same hand! Less popular cards included the Sniper Team, Group Leaders, and Thugs.
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Robert K Gabhart
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Something else that was really interesting about this game. While Jon won the game, he only won three Skirmishes. Granted the Contested Resources that he won during those Skirmishes were fairly high-count Tribe Family cards, but the bulk of his points came from consistently hiring mercenaries with an emphasis upon the multi-person mercenary cards.

This is just one more example of the game's ability to pursue multiple paths to victory!
 
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