Since I gave members of the Westbank Gamers copies of Raj as a Christmas gift, several were asking me to show them how to play the game. Jon Comeaux and I drafted Darren Arnold into a quick game, even though he had to do split duty between Settlers and Raj.
Now Jon is one of our resident wargamers, although not quite as hard core as Mike Hayman. So it was to my pleasant surprise that he thoroughly enjoyed Raj, even commenting that he just had to bring the game to 'drill' the next day (he is in the military reserves). Jon's tactic (if he had one) was to play high for the high positive numbers and low for the negative numbers, accepting the fact that he would be forced to take the negative tiles. Well, it worked. He swamped Darren & I:
Jon 22, Greg 10, Darren 8
Jon then insisted we play it 2-player, and this one was much closer:
Jon 21, Greg 19
Ratings: Jon 7, Darren 7, Greg 6