A fan of new Knizia games
The same four players lined up for Medici. The four player game tends to get a little unpredictable as 12 cards are removed from the deck each round. This was a fairly routine game, with Doug in his usual last place after each of the first two scoring rounds, and each player typically doing well in 2 of the five commodities on offer. Alan hit the 20 bonus rung in metal at the end of the second round, very nice, and a big threat to take the game.
Craig and Alan spent a lot of money chasing valuable ship cargo totals, so the 30 point bonus for this tended to flatten out and didn't influence the game that much. That is, until the third round. Doug picked up his five goods pretty cheaply in the third round, and early as well, guaranteeing a 20 bonus in red along with a lead in blue. Janet flipped up three cards twice when she had control of the pack, and both times they went unpurchased - somebody(ies) was going to miss out on a full ship.
Craig was holding out for a high value green card to give him the 20 bonus in green. He let a green 0 and a green 1 go unpurchased - and then never saw another green. The round ended without the 10 appearing (lucky!), giving Doug the 30 point cargo bonus (very nice considering he'd spent about 10 on the five cards) narrowly from Janet.
Doug's rating: too choked up to rate it. "I'd like to thank my mum and dad...."