DATE: Tuesday, October 29
Attendees: DaveO, Rick, Matt, Steve, Kim
OCBG convened for the second time since DaveO's return from Deutchland, and more recent Essen releases were in the offing. It was DAveO, Matt, and Rick starting the night...
ZooSim, a Cwali offering which to me resembles Carcassonne mechanics, at least as far as matching pieces. ZooSim is more complex, and the scoring mechanism is very different - you try and create attractions (in the form of colored stars on the individual pieces) by piecing the tiles together in domino like fashion. Each player bids for the tiles with a set amount of chits, and ties are broken by what both David Brown and Rick called "the possession arrow". You win one tie breaker, you lose the next, basically. Rick took an early lead, and never looked back...
Next was another Essen release, and one which may be generating the most buzz, Age of Steam. This is a game with a steep learning curve, I can tell you right now...but the game has possibilities. Sometimes the most rewarding games (or books, or music, or movies) are those that take some time to warm up to. That being said, the jury is out on the Martin "Liberte" Wallace design. We got through two turns, and decided (after DaveO took a huge early lead) that this would be best played on another night with more people, and probably those that lean toward the heavier game side. Here's what I didn't like, on first impression:
- LONG initial setup, with lots of bits.
- Very abstract Goods Delivery/income system - not very intuitive
- *Maybe* serious advantage to those few who get good position early
Here's what I liked:
- It's a train game, dammit!
After aborting Age of Liberte, uh Steam, we broke out a game which I have had since Wizzies put it up for half price - Elfenland. The map is excellent! It's basically an excersise in finding the shortest distance between twenty points - what Frieks would call the "traveling salesman problem". DaveO used the O'Connor advantage to it's fullest.
Note form the
DaveO 19 (tiebreak = 0)
Rick 19 (tiebreak = 1)
Enter Dr. I and Kim, and out came Fabrik der Traume, fast becoming the favorite of the Byrens clan. For once DaveO spit out some quality movies, and smoked us!
Another Gamemaster note: DaveO still put out a bunch of garbage flicks but managed to win the best flick in two categories with 12's! It was the weird thing that everyone made great films in the adventure category, which I, by sheer dumb luck, stayed away from... but I would still like to thank all the little people for this victory, without whose help I wouldn't be where I am today...
Note that Steve's previously unblemished OCBG record went down in flames this night!