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Subject: First game/session of AoE 3... rss

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Gregory Curtis
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Well I finally got the game. AoE3 has been a game I had on my radar for quite some time. I just had put off buying it a couple times because of other games or whatever else seemed to pop up. Anyway I finally got it yesterday and I read over everything and watched the very helpful video review by Thirdfloorgamers here on the site to get a bit of a visual reference.

So then myself, wife and son embarked on a game. One note....my wife is a bit of a part-time boardgamer with us. However she has one favorite game that she loves to play anytime....Stone Age. It is by far her favorite game. I bought AoE3 because everything I read gave me the idea this was a very similar style game in that....you place workers and then resolve those actions. I was right.

Anyway the game started out with my son in first turn, wife second and I had third. Of course none of us had played or had any sort of strategy for this first game so we were sorta just trying to fly through based on past game experience whatever that is good for lol.

My son hopped on a building first turn and I believe it was the one that allowed a Captain to the Discovery space each turn.

My wife jumped on a Trade space and I took a Colony space. I realized later after some reading I by far probably made the weakest opening move lol.

Anyway as the game progressed my wife seemed to mostly ignore Discovery although she did I believe do Discovery on 2 areas but only dominated population of 3 on one space. She instead seemed to focus mainly on getting the $5 money building, stocking up tons of resources and buying buildings whenever able.

My son sorta started with some Discovery but then focused on buying the buildings whenever able and eventually picked up the building that gave points for each ship you had...I believe he ended up with 4.

My strategy was more scatter brained lol. I started out trying to do a bit of everything which was a mistake. After a few turns I tried to focus on Discovery and getting control of more areas along with getting a few soldiers to pick off the other players settlers.

The big mistake my wife and I made that we figured out afterwards is we let my son on at least 2 different turns dominate the Specialists space. Two different times he got 3 of the 4. We just were not paying attention being our first game (and my son is 14 and a VERY sharp kid, probably read a strategy from you guys before we played lol). So on many turns he was placing twice the number of colonists/specialists that we were.

The final scores were approximately... Son 84 Wife 76 Me 60.

My first game desire to play around with everything to see how it worked doomed my score from the start. I was able to get some points by dominating more areas then they did but they killed me with better scoring buildings at the end.

Most important thing though...we had a great time and my wife really like the game because of the similar mechanics to Stone Age. So many more games to come Im sure.

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This one of the meatier games that my wife will actually play on occasion. The only thing holding it back is it seems to run longer than it should...
 
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