|What to do with all those gladiators?|
|Gannicus vs. Theokeles|
Carson started to pull away, and with the help of Brian and Mike, I was able to knock him down a few pegs with an intrigue card. However, a turn later, he was able to play 4 cards to shoot from 8 to 12 influence and win the game. I was able to block one of his cards, but he had yet another. Brian and I both has other cards that could have likely blocked the win, but we didn't get them out quickly enough. Note to self...the end game can occur quickly.
After Spartacus, we tried out Kingdom Builder. This is an interesting game, in which there's a ton of randomization...including some of the rules! The board is assembled using several random "sectors". Several tokens are placed on the board, according to pre-printed images. The board consists of 5 types of playable terrain (prairie, flowers, forest, crevasse, desert), and 2 impassable types (mountains, water). On your turn, you draw a card, which will be one of the 5 playable types, and then you have to play 3 houses on that terrain...but you have to play them adjacent to previously played pieces, if possible.
I finished 2nd, behind Mike R. It's an interesting game, a bit of an abstract brain-burner. My first impression was "meh"...but I have found myself thinking about it somewhat. It's not on my "must own" list by any stretch...but I'd definitely play again if it came out.
A few odds and ends...
|I always pay my debts|
|Jumpin to hyperspace ain't like dusting crops, boy!|
Lastly...congratulations to Ben Rosset, who officially announced that Dice Hate Me games will be publishing Brew Crafters, which I reviewed the prototype of in my Prezcon blogs (known then as "BrewMasters". Also congrats to TC Petty III, who is following Viva Java with a dice version.