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Matthew Hart

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Played a games last night with my daughter (8 years old). I'm always interested to see how these games play out with younger kids. We had previously played a truncated variant (no goals and limited tiles) and she was able to get the mechanics down quickly. On to the game...

Typical 2 player start up for number of tiles. The revealed goals were least residential tiles and most number of lakes. I chose to keep the most airports goals as my hidden goal. The opening tiles showed an airport so I thought I was going to be in good shape.

My daughter wanted to go first and she started the game off right by taking the airport (already falling behind on my goal). Looking ahead in the market I saw some blue tiles so I opted for the Freeway which gives you a bonus next to blues (+1 income).

Through the early game it was actually my daughter that collected more of the blue tiles. Playing with a younger player we talked through some of the options available, but she was quickly able to see where so could double-up of bonuses. The Buisiness Supply Store and Office Buildings were very helpful.

By Mid-Game, we were still very close in score. I was settling on a strategy of collecting municipal buildings and I reached for a Museum to tie them all together. She decided to build some residential buildings (despite the goal) and took advantage of the Stadium (I was unaware that she had the Luminary goal of most reputation).

End-Game: I was able to by the Casino and maxed my income, but I took a hit on the reputation. I bought a few hotels and placed a residential building to get more people (hmm...I guess I forgot about that Residential goal). I also reached to get the International Airport (with a +$10 charge) to at least void my goal. She landed the PR Firm which solidified her hidden goal and added a Chip Factory.

With one-round left to go the score was surprisingly tight. For the two public goals... we both had three residential and three lakes. She chose to build the Resort (A blue building that gave her some Population). I made the strategic move to place one more lake to secure the only public goal I could.

In the final tally I won 121 - 113. She completed her hidden goal (+10). I was unable to get mine (only 2 airport tiles came out this game). For the public goals, I completed the Aquatic Engineer (+20). The money scoring helped, too. I ended with $77 dollars (+15 VP) to her $30 (+6 VP).

In the end, having a lot of cash helped. Even more so, having last at bats turned out to be pivotal. That last move to upset the balance of goals we importnant.

I liked someone's suggestion of telling the story of your borough at the end. Here are the two boroughs we made...

My daughters...


This borough appears to be a downtown section. Lot's of office buildings on one side, with some nice scupted lakes scattered about. Several school can be found and a nice University that must have a good football team since the stadium is right next to it.

My Borough...


This borough has a nice museum disctrict. the middle school kids can take turns going to teh museum...or the powerplant. The International Airport is right next to the Casino, but the Hotels were clear across town. While this was the winning borough, people are already leaving town (notice the -1 reputation).

Alas, the last lake built by the Casino gets the victory.

I really enjoyed this game and my daughter said "It was fun!". She can't wait to play again. I do think its funny that the borough with the worst reputation ended up winning. I really like the replayability of the game (my last game saw a lot more airports). I look forward to playing again.
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Tony Fanchi
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Fun report!

Hartm wrote:
I also reached to get the International Airport (with a +$10 charge) to at least void my goal.

According to the rules, an opponent cannot score your private goal. Either you score it, or nobody does. There has been discussion about a variant that would allow opponents to score other players' personal goals, but the rules as written disallow this.
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Matthew Hart

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AdmiralACF wrote:
According to the rules, an opponent cannot score your private goal. Either you score it, or nobody does. There has been discussion about a variant that would allow opponents to score other players' personal goals, but the rules as written disallow this.


I did look back at this. You are right, you are the only one that can score your personal goal. I actually like the idea of someone else scoring your goal. This would be a perfect example. If that second airport never came up she would have earned the +10 VP (and the game).
 
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Thanks for sharing the sesson. I've been on the fence about how soon I'll play this with my own daughter (age 7) but it sounds like yours did just fine with it. I think I'll go ahead and give it a go (it's got to be more interesting than playing solo).
 
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