November 16th, 2015: Settling for Three

Crew Members: Abi, Zevvy, Elijah

We met this week at Abi’s apartment. Another new member, Elijah, was able to make it, and he brought snacks!

Monopoly Deal

Abi: 1-1, Zevvy: 1-1

I arrived before Elijah so Abi and I played a couple hands of Monopoly Deal. Apparently there are different ways of playing–either 3 moves total per turn, or 3 actions per turn, with unlimited other moves. We played the ‘faster’ way. The first round I took Abi’s first property, but then she got 3 quick monopolies out in a row. The second game, I got two quick monopolies. Abi apparently had many Sly and Forced Deals, but could not break my monopolies. And when she was fortunate to get her own, I played Deal Breaker and she had no counter.

Settlers of Catan

Game 1: Zevvy 10, Elijah 8, Abi 7

Game 2: Elijah 10, Abi 8, Zevvy 8

Abi had played this before and enjoyed, and we taught Elijah, he picked it up quickly. First game Abi had strong Sheep production and the port, but took a while to get going. Elijah had early control over most of the wood, and was getting lots of Ore late game. I had early control of bricks which allowed me to get my first few settlements sooner than the others. In the end, it came down to a fight over Longest Road. Elijah was able to take it from me, but at this point I was drawing too many resources to really be stopped.

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Our second game we added Seafarers, creating a board with a large island, a medium island, and a small island with a Gold 4. We decided to keep it simple and still play to 10, with no bonus points. The setup was more difficult, and wood was scarce. Though Abi had a great wood spot, her settlements were close together and easily susceptible to the Robber, which unfortunately hampered much of her progress. Elijah had good variety of numbers to start, and bought a lot of development cards. I had very few numbres to start, but after building a couple settlements had better production. I also picked up longest road fairly quickly. In the end, I was unable to build cities and scrambled for development cards. Elijah already had Largest Army (4) and was a veritable city factory, building city after city until he won with 4 Cities and Largest Army. Abi and I each had a Victory point card, tying at 8.

As the background image for this blog is based on Settlers of Catan, it’s about time we played. This was the first time my set had been used in several years, and we had to mark a Soldier as Road Building, but it was still playable despite wear and tear.