Silberzwerg hit the table for the fourth week running. New dwarves on the block were Debbie (who had been hungering to play this) and Donna.
I found this to be quite a different game as I tried a few new strategies. About 2/3 of the way through I decided to give up filling jobs and play the gem market. For the first time ever, I let one of my jobs (a 120) decline away to nothing (OK, I did have a bit of help from someone) and paid the -40 penalty. I didn't go out of my way to fill any more jobs, however with the collecting strategy I think I found myself in the right position to fill one more contract. My next personal contract went public just before it was due to decline off the board.
I finally managed to squeeze through to a win with 601 points. The turn before I could only have achieved 596 points.
Still an excellent game, and well received by Debbie and Donna. We seem to be able to zip through a game fairly quickly. I think we all made at least one silly mistake (usually relating to Silver Dwarf placement).