Shannon Appelcline
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Turn out was surprisingly low at the start of the evening, and thus Chris and I were sitting around for a bit. I finally pulled out Fredericus which Mayfair sent me a review copy of a few weeks ago. It's a very clever little tactical game where you constantly move around cards and pieces to score points. Unfortunately the first time we played, last Thursday, it got really degenerative toward the end of the game and we spent the last several rounds spinning our wheels, making bets that nothing would happen, and waiting for the game to end.

This time, same deal. Very disappointing, and it unfortunately has to go back on the review shelf because I still don't know if there's a good endgame experience. We actually didn't finish the game because it was obvious we were going to spin for a long time with nothing happening.

Things picked up from there.

Second game was Basari, a simultaneous decision & strict negotiation game that I've been wanting to replay for a while. We did, and now I'm even more enthusiatic to German variant game Edel, Stein & Reich (which is sitting on my play table).

Next up was Tigris & Euphrates which I've been really enjoying since I got it in trade. I was benefitted a lot in this game by the person to my left being overly aggressive, which is a good thing for me because I usually don't end up being aggressive enough. That and a clever internal conflict to steal a monument I really needed did me well (though I didn't quite pull out a win).

Quo Vadis? was game #4. This was my second game of this, which is another one that had been sitting in my review pile waiting for another play. It's another interesting & quick negotiation game and I liked it even more this time, when I felt like I knew what I was doing more. Of course, I totally didn't because I got creamed. (I apparently didn't give enough importance to the high-value laurel tokens, and as usual panicked too much about getting one of my people into the final box.)

Last game of the night was Web of Power. I've been playing the newer version of this majority control game, China, more recently, but I enjoy playing the original too, because of the theming. We had a bit of trouble getting started because we couldn't remember how many face-up cards you were supposed to have to draw from because it's different in the two games. We finally decided that the answer was two. Nope. Turns out that Web of Power is 3 and China is 4. Ah well. I lost this one due to insufficient advisor count.

I had a really good time despite losing everything. I would have won the Fredericus is we'd finished it, but I came in second in the Basari, a very, very near second in the Tigris & Euphrates (I think my count was 12/9/6/6 to the winning 10/10/6/6), a far last place finish in Quo Vadis?, and third of five in the Web of Power.
 
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Tom "Snicker Daddy" Pancoast
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Basari sounds like fun. I have not tried it yet, but it has been personally recommended to me. I actually picked up Edel, Stein & Reich instead because of the 5 player support. Hopefully we will get it to the table soon. Nice Gems...
 
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