Adventures in Egypt - 2/17 Session Report
I'm going to keep this session report brief in an attempt to avoid major errors. Jon, Simon, and Michael joined Amy and myself for another Friday night of Euros.
We got things started with Amun-Re. Pyramids were built, farmers farmed, and sacrifices were made. Fortunately, nobody crapped in my weaving hut, and I was able to squeak out a win over Jon due to the end-of-game gold bonus. While I could definitely see Dr. Knizia's fingerprints on this game, it doesn't feel like a Knizia. I like it, though, and will likely pick up a copy in the future.
We played High Society next. It's another simple, excellent, Knizia auction game with outstanding components. I had the most points at endgame, but I also had the least cash, so Amy got the win. I really like the "least cash at end of game automatically loses" mechanic.
Back to Egypt for our third game -- Ra. It was a tight game from beginning to end. I made a disastrous mis-bid during the third epoch. Jon had the best set of monuments at the end and those points carried him to victory.
We managed to break the string of Knizia games with our closer -- Fearsome Floors. It's too bad there's not a mummy that could have be used as the monster to build on our unintentional Egyptian theme. I purposefully set up the transporters to lead the monster into an early feeding frenzy. The game progressed into the second phase (where death is permanent). Michael was so close to victory that he could taste it, but Jon found a way to lure the monster into eating his token. That blocked Amy, who was breathing down Michael's neck, from winning on that turn, and Jon found a way to feed her token to Furunkulus on his next rampage. I managed to squeak past Mr. Tall Dark and Gruesome for a cheap win on my next turn. A bit of a kingmaker end, but it was highly entertaining.
A good time was had by all, and on another positive note, I didn't call Jon by Simon's name or vice versa all evening.