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Wednesday 3rd February, 2010. Venue: The London Apprentice, Isleworth.
Length of Game 120mins.
Gareth brought along Cuba. For a second outing since Xmas, with a new group of players. The rules were explained as quickly as possible but did take around 30 minutes, Dan realizing he was in for a two hour euro game made his excuses after 20 minutes and was replaced by Paul. Once the game started things moved on quickly and everybody seemed to have picked up the idea of the game. Gareth went into an early lead by loading the first ship up with goods, but this was short lived. He proceed to buy the Cigar Factory and Café, but didn’t place them well on the board to optimize the tobacco production. Towards the end of the game he also purchased the large bank, but it was too late for the additional money to have much effect on his score. Paul on the other hand went for alcohol production, buying the Distillery, Rum Café and an extra Warehouse and then proceeded to hoard his sugar. Johan went for the Dam and Golf Course strategy and by mid game had also bought the Inn and Town Hall giving greater influence on any new statutes passed. Finally Scott went for a bit of everything with the Cigar Factory, Hotel, Lighthouse and Small Bank. Paul moved into the lead by the mid game and held the position through to the end. With only three points between second and fourth place it was a close game. Gareth’s experience of playing the game previously seemed to have little effect, as he came in last place. Definitely a game to play again.
Scores - Paul 72 points, Johan 65 pts, Scott 64 pts & Gareth 62 pts.
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