Since the the game of Silberzwerg was STILL not complete, Mike Knight, Brian, Phil Parker and Geoff dived into a game of Giganten.
Mike Knight (who owns the game) comments that he keeps trying to like Giganten, but after every playing, must confess that gets downgrade slightly. However, it's a pleasant game that forces you to make many rather trivial but fun decisions. Not exactly a glowing endorsement, but that's how he sums up this recent Spiel des Jahres finalist.
Giganten is several games put together. There is an El Grande-like card selection phase, a prospecting/movement/building phase and an auction phase. The first and last of these phases are very well thought out. The auction phase is actually very good. It is in the movement phase that Giganten begins to fall apart.
The amount of oil a derrick may produce is variable. Each drilling site has a tile placed on it. The number of turns that site will produce oil is on the face-down side of the tile (e.g. 2, 3 or 4). For most drilling sites you can move your truck adjacent to it and peek under the tile to see how much oil a derrick will produce on that space. So, you don't need to spend your money to build a derrick if you happen to come across a space that is less than ideal. However, all your opponents may be finding great drilling sites, and by not building, you'll fall behind in your ability to produce oil. Sure, you can move to another site and hope for the best, but often you will not have enough movement points for that. Very often, it seems you are stuck with the luck of the draw. Move to the nearest drilling site and hope for the best. That introduces what many feel is an unacceptable amount of luck.
In Saturday's game Geoff pulled off a $42,000 sale early in the game. Everyone assumed that wrapped up the game for Geoff, but at games end Phil Parker had his train furthest along the track and scored $5,000 for each of his remaining FIVE derricks! With the $25,000 from the derricks and nearly $20,000 from cashing in oil during the end-game, Phil shot from last to first and won the game.
Scores: Phil Parker $97,000, Geoff $92,000, Mike Knight $85,500, Brian $48,000
Ratings: Geoff 7, Phil Parker 7, Brian 6, Mike Knight 6