Another awesome night of gaming. It was a pleasure (and a blast) to play with Dennis and Michael....the latest additions to the group. Hope you are here for the long run.
Attendance: Dennis, Michael, Me, Brian, Ben, Jon, Jeff.
I got to play Ra tonight for the first time. It's a really good game. I enjoyed very much the quasi-auction (I agree Patrick) system. Eventhough you know what others can bid with, this didn't make the nail-biting desicions any easier. I also liked that you are bidding not only on tiles you need/want but also on a stronger "bidding" chip. It just adds another layer of strategy to the game.
Next up was Power Grid (as shown above). We played the France map. I had played twice last year, and unfortunately couldn't remember what strategy worked that time. Tonight I ended last and I was only 2 points away from the winner! In other words, the game was SUPER tight. I had never had such an aggressive game. I tried being very aggressive building on EVERY single round. This of course kept me ahead for a good 80% of the game....but of course, that meant that I wasted all my money for that portion of the game on expensive resources, AND I had to build on whatever spots where left (which of course would usually be more expensive than what I would have gotten had I built first). Eventually I dragged behind. Nothing like cheap clean energy from a windmill.
All in all, another great game night for the records.