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Doug Adams
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A fan of new Knizia games
Billabong Report: 16 May 2000

Present: Doug, Karen, Craig, Janet, Alan, David

Great to see Karen back from Seattle for another visit to Australia. This time she came bearing games - Pacific Northwest Rails and Buried Treasure for me! Thanks Karen!

Doug, Janet, David

The three of us played a couple of hands of this newly arrived Sid Sackson card game. It is essentially a set collecting game where the scores for the four sets fluctuate from turn to turn. Majorities and second majorities are paid out at the end of a round. The sets are actually cards in four suits, set up a bit like a hand of Klondike patience. On your turn you may take one available card from the foundation. The card may have an action on it that will enable you to claim an extra card of that suit, or steal 1-4 cards from another player in that suit.

The game play is suprisingly good for such a simple game. A particularly vicious rule is ties for majorities score zero, and it's something you must watch out for. The steal 4 cards ensure no situation stays static for long. The game reminded me a lot of Dolce Vita in that such straightforward mechanics hid a game with a bit of meat in it!

Our first game scored:

Janet: 45 Doug: 38 David: 36

We then played again with the advanced rules. These rules gave each player a hand of seven cards. On their turn a player can now draw from the foundations OR play a card from their hand. Cards can now be played to other player's sets, thus forcing those nasty ties to ensure they score zero! Rounds now end when each player has passed, not when the foundation is empty. The advanced rules really added to the game.

David: 45 Doug: 36 Janet: 33

Doug's rating: 6
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