Even More Power ...
Beth Raphael seems enamored by Keith's
Jeff Billings and Henry Richardson
against the next generation.
We had 137 unique players this year; 77 participated in only
one heat, 44 played in two heats, and 16 die-hards were on hand
for all three!
Heat 1 drew 64 players yielding 13 games with a map choice
of either Germany or France. 11 tables opted for the Germany
board and only two for France. All but one of the contests were
Heat 2 attracted 85 players playing 17 games with a map choice
of either USA or Central Europe. 11 of 17 tables opted for the
Heat 3 again drew 64 players for 13 games with a map choice
between Italy and Benelux. Seven tables opted for the Italy board
and six for Benelux.
Player Comments (written on the event form for that
Auction plant #34 went for 41, won by Dan. Had Chris bid him
up 2 elecktro more it would have been a different outcome.
*Dan won and Chris came in second.
Pete bought the 13 coal on the last turn for $61 to stop Mary
from being able to power all her plants.
*Pete came in second due to this, losing by one city build
and $83+ (no way for him to win with those numbers). Mary had
17 power, but only $91 left so would have had to buy three more
coal and five more cities to win (not possible to win but was
possible to beat Pete) Synopsis = good move Pete!
There was no Stage 3!
*Yeah it happens
Bidding war between Matt & Hans in the last round, plant
34 went for $68 to Hans. Norman and John drove plant 38 to $85
which was bought by Norman. Hans had three nuke plants in play
for several turns.
*Matt won and Hans came in second. Norman came in last. Sounds
like Hans had lots of money but Matt got a good plant for much
Tim bid high for plant 26 and plant 30 after getting the 29
to drop in Round 2 when he was last in Turn Order. Daniel could
have stopped Tim from winning but chose not to.
*29 second turn was very nice. Tim bid high for good plants,
nothing wrong with that. The comment about Daniel may have been
about buying out the resources. (Daniel came in fourth)
Grabbed an early lead & expanded exponentially - bought
the 4 plant and one city on Turn 1 and waited until the 26 dropped.
Game only lasted six turns. My # cities per turn: 1 = 1; 2 =
3; 3 = 6; 4 = 7; 5 = 12; 6 = 15
*Wonder how much the 26 went for. Doubt they had to 'wait'
for the 26 to drop for long, sitting at one city for too long
is not worthwhile.
There was a distinct lack of comments written by players;
unusually the second heat, which ran the longest and started
the latest, had the most comments. Write down something people!
Share your experience with everyone else.
Want to thank everyone for their patience on the start of
Heat 2. We ended up having to split between two rooms due to
lack of space. This was not a scheduling problem (i.e. don't
blame the BPA or the GM). This was a problem of Pirate's Cove
unpredictably showing a huge increase this year, and that isn't
a problem in my mind - the hobby growing is always a good thing
(wish PGD had that type of increase). It did mean some scrambling
by Don and myself; and again thank you all for being patient
while we worked out the kinks.
Several people commented about wanting to use the alternate
plant deck in the past so we used it on several heats. I bought
a whole bunch of these (15) to make sure we had enough (have
spent lots of money on this and other GM supplies, maybe I can
give some of these out as prizes as we only used a few of them
as more people have them than I expected). I want to apologize
for not being more familiar with this plant deck - different
optional setups, different distribution which means may not work
well on other boards, etc. Next year will run the alternate plant
deck as an option again but after studying and matching up this
deck's cards and options for each board.
Totals for the Final were as follows:
16 - 2nd
13 - 5th
14 - 4th
16 - 1st
15 - 3rd
Turn 1 Raphael purchased the 4 plant for $8 and built
four cities in and around the four spot of free connection cities,
while Blair acquired the 3 plant for $5 and built one city to
take turn position next turn. Lexi paid $5 for the 5 and built
two cities, Jeff picked up the 10 for cost and two cities, Kevin's
first turn he got the 9 for $9 and the last $3 oil and built
Turn 2 Raphael, and then Jeff, picked up the 7 and
8 plants at cost respectively and then the 20 plant was in the
market. Jeff having the 10 and picking up the 8 was unusual but
did not stop him from making the declaration of 'whoever gets
the 20 plant wins the game'.. it went to Kevin for $27. Lexi
picked up the 17 and Blair the 22, both at cost.
Jeff sat at two cities, making the 8 plant $8 spent on 'moving
the market'. Kevin started in the only other two free connection
cities and built one city for 10 to go to two cities, Blair also
built one more powering his two for free via the 22 plant; so
now everyone was sitting on two cities built.
Turn 3 saw Raphael pick up the 24 for $24, Lexi the
13 for $13 and Jeff the 25 for $25! Lexi and Blair powered three
to everyone else's four ($10 difference).
Turn 4 Blair picked up the 26 for $29 (spending only
$4 on resources making his average spent on resources to this
point $4.25! which was under half of what every other person
was currently spending). Jeff and Raphael powered 5, while Lexi
and Blair continued to dig deeper into the 'I am not making as
much money as everyone else hole' and powered only four (another
$10 difference) while Kevin powered six and took home +9 and
+19 more than everyone else. Kevin was also the only person to
have two plants at this point to everyone else's three.
Turn 5 saw Raphael pick up the 27 for $27, Kevin gained
the 29 for $29, and Lexi bought the 21 for $25 (she passed on
the 29 hoping for something better). While Jeff and Blair sat
on their efficient plants (Blair with the 26 and 22 being the
most efficient). Kevin thought about building to seven but claimed
he did not have enough money to do so (he did, but did not want
to jump too far nor was there any reason to as he could power
what he had easily enough). Blair and Jeff powered six while
everyone else powered five (why Kevin did not use a single resource
to power the 29 plant (or an oil on the 9 plant) to make $9 more
was puzzling. At this point Lexi is $30+ in the hole to everyone
else just from earnings (Blair has made up most of this with
efficiency and as of this turn is earning the most along with
Turn 6 dawned on a market stall as everyone passed.
Jeff gobbled up lots of coal paying $36 which pushed the prices
up on Kevin but more importantly on himself every turn thereafter
as he was sitting on three coal plants - he had a $16 average
for materials overall in the game and Turns 6/8/9 spent $36/$29/$29
respectively. Lexi was in the birdseat this turn and as first
builder decided to build to seven+ to open Stage 2 up; after
watching her build all other players passed on building. She
was currently sitting on the worst plants and the worst bank
Turn 7 found Lexi picking up the 23 for $23, Raphael
the 30 for $77!, and Jeff the 31 (more coal) plant for $31!!!
Then Blair 'mentioned' about more great plants not dropping and
acquired the 19 for $19. Kevin already having 10 power, sat on
his only three bought plants. After building Kevin and Raphael
earned $90, Lexi $98, Blair $105, and Jeff $112.
Turn 8 began with Lexi picking up the 28 for $29 and
Kevin the 18 for $18. After resources were bought it was decided
by all parties that Jeff was easily the winner - Jeff stayed
at 11 cities however. (he only had $102, constantly making coal
pricey wasn't helping his cash flow, and could have built to
and powered 13 easily but getting to 15 to end it would have
been very tight due to location and not being in Stage 3 yet)
Raphael forgot to buy two garbage and thus could only power
nine cities this turn. Most people built up to or just under
11 to take Turn Order on what was expected to be the last turn;
except Blair who built to 14, destroying the 14 plant that was
in the market. This put a smile on my face as I knew Stage 3
was two cards away and him doing this meant that in Bureaucracy
we would hit Stage 3 and therefore next turn would not be an
auto win for Jeff but a more interesting, albeit longer, turn.
Turn 9 found Jeff and Raphael both sitting on their
plants, Lexi bought the 32 for $32, Blair the 38 for $49 and
Kevin snagged the 36 for $36. After builds this was to be the
last turn and in the table above you can see the results. Jeff's
prediction came true and Kevin (the Turn 2 winner of plant 20
Constructive comments are of course welcome.
Jake can't seem to find the chariots.
Jim Castonguay with his finalists.