A very warm welcome to KV, who found us via Google. Well done Google.
was dug out first.
KV (Red) chose the Disease
MC (Black) chose the Machine
PH (Green) chose the Philanthropist
The Disease started it’s invasion from the get-go and forged a colony in the Philanthropist’s system with the Machine who deigned to assist for a quick point.
The Philanthropist retaliated…badly.
The Machine placed a foothold in the Disease’s system, and pretty much stopped doing anything interesting for the remainder of the game. Apart from playing the Disease flare resulting in it going to the Disease.
The Philanthropist manage a forge a couple of colonies but, by then, the Disease was spreading using it’s formidable powers and quickly won the game.
Hurrah for KV!
Next up we brazenly brought forth
It’s been a few years since PH and MC played this as a 2-player, and our memories of it wern’t great.
After half an hour staring at the rules (and the supplemental) we finally got going.
KV (Red) belonged to the Guild of Alchemists
MC (Black) belonged to the Guild of Assassins
PH (Green) also belonged to the Guild of Assassins
Three hours later all three of us were attempting the Final Spell. PH, who’d been trying the longest, looked at the clock, realised it was 12:15 AM, decided to stop mucking about and rolled two winning numbers.
A much better game with more players. Should play this again soon now we know what we’re doing with it.
Hurrah for PH!
The loser’s couch for MC.
A warm welcome to EM this week.
While waiting for PH, we decided to start off with:
with the intention of getting about a round in and then PH turning up. As it happens, we managed all 3 rounds with the scores being: AL-25, MC-24, SF-21, EM-20.
While discussing which game to play (no votes this week) PH turned and and we decided to make him choose.
The races we became were:
AL Trader, Orange
EM Sorcerer, Yellow
MC Ethic, Purple
PH Virus, Green
SF Mercenary, Black
The Virus and Trader races were switched.
MC, PH and SF all lost their racial ability.
The Hazard card making all inactive racial abilities active again.
PH losing almost all his ships to the Warp
EM not having a single alien colony in their home system, despite our best efforts.
MC getting about a third of the deck as his hand.
Well done EM. Tough luck PH, this is the first time you didn’t win this game.
Two games this week.
The first was:
Being beginners, we played the Galilei map, but included the item cards in the mix.
Once the players began creeping about the darkened interior of the ship, it was very quickly apparent that MC and AL were the humans and SC and SF were the Aliens. SC (the fast alien) raced down to where the hapless humans were fleeing towards escape hatch 3 while SF took a more circuitous route via escape pod 4. When the humans realised that they were both trying for escape hatch 3 with SC right on their tail, they both did a quick switch and high-tailed it to escape hatch 4, oblivous to the fact that the other human also did so. At one point SC moved onto MC’s sector, but MC (the Engineer) kept it quiet and managed to slip on by. Both humans blundered past SF, who also missed his quarry as he too moved upon escape hatch 3.
AL (the Medic) beat MC to escape hatch 4 by 3 sectors and successfully launched. MC then detoured to escape hatch 1, while SF jumped about escape hatch 4 and SC hunted about escape hatch 2. MC reached escape hatch 1 and successfully launched, leaving the two aliens perplexed.
On an interesting side note, despite there being 40 clearly marked location boxes numbered in rows, no two players managed to fill the boxes in the same way. SC chose to go against convention and worked down the page, AL managed to miss noting a turn’s move entirely, SF included the spaces he skipped over when he moved 2 sectors and MC managed to fill them in in sequential order. I’m not saying whose way was best, but there were better ways and not so good ways and just plain different ways.
Next up was:
|AL (purple) played as the
||MC (black) operated as the
||SC (orange) explored as the
||SF (yellow) became the
The four aliens were pretty evenly matched, however AL was able to wheedle his way onto the offensive side and also successfully Negotiate enough times to comfortable win the game.
AL won with 5
MC scored 2
SC scored 3
SF scored 2