Elfenland at Christmastime
During our recent visit with our good friends the Hayes family, we played our annual Elfenland game, which has become a Christmas tradition for us. We had the full complement of 6 players and it turned out to be a cliffhanger.
The first round was unique in that none of the players shared a route; every one went their separate ways. Mark grabbed the initial lead with 6 cities. Greg, Robert, and Marcus were all able to visit 5 cities, while Michael, who wasn’t able to draft tiles to match his cards, picked up 4. I made a major faux pas; I forgot that the unicorn cannot travel over the plains. I was going to use that tile to caravan and by the time I caught it, I had to make a major change to my route and thus ended up with only 4 cities, and was out of position as well.
I was able to rebound somewhat in the second round. As I had to correct my route to get back on track, it looked like I’d only be able to muster about 3 cities as no one was looking to travel my route. I caught a huge break when Greg played a “big pig” tile he had no use for over in my area with the intent of blocking me; in actuality, it helped me and I was able to visit 6 cities. Mark and Greg picked up 5 apiece, while Michael, Marcus, and Robert each collected 4.
Every one spent the third round trying to position themselves for a run at their respective home cities. Mark made the most of it, knocking off another 6 cities. Greg and I picked up 5, while Michael and Marcus picked up 4, with Robert getting 3. This round set us up for a very tight finish.
All players saved their blockades for the final round. Robert picked up a couple more cities and ended with 14 in his home city. Marcus had to travel far to get to his home city so he was only able to pick up 2 more cities and finished with 15. Michael, who had been traveling like a drunken man the whole game, picked up his usual 4 and made it to his home city with a total of 16. Greg had to traverse two blockades, but with the use of a couple of rafts, he was able to pick up two more cities and end up in his home city with 17. Mark also got hit by 2 blockades but was still able to pick up 2 more cities, finishing with 19 in Kirhoma, two cities away from his home. I had to get by only one blockade, but two other tiles were placed in my way for which I had no cards, so I was only able to pick up two more cities. With the use of a raft card, I was able to sneak into my home city of Usselen with a total of 17.
With Mark, Greg, and I all finishing with 17 points, it came down to the cards to break the three-way tie. I had three, while and Greg and Mark each had one. This was one of the closest games of Elfenland that we’ve ever played and, more importantly, it was a lot of fun as well.
Final Scores: Mitch 17, Mark 17, Greg 17, Michael 16, Marcus 15, Robert 14.