Monday, September 03, 2007

TI:3 Session Report

Another great session of Twilight Imperium 3 was played today, this time hosted by Chris. I won't bore everyone with a long, drawn out session report, but we were able to capture some footage of Jon's people celebrating their ultra-dominating victory:

Great game, all! Most crushing victory ever, Jon!



At 10:44 PM, September 03, 2007, Blogger Carlos said...

Must have been a great game. Come on Ben, I was honestly looking forward to your report. At least someone please tell me what made it such a decisive victory for John.

My family trip to El Paso was nice. But as I drove home I could not help but wonder about the galatic epic that was unfolding as I made the 8 hour drive home.

Steve, what did you think of the game. Did you play the humans?

At 10:51 PM, September 03, 2007, Blogger Ben said...

Sorry, Carlos. My brain is still a bit fried from the game.

Overall, we all made the fatal mistake of allowing Jon (whose secret power was alway going first) to also get to control the Speaker token most of the game, which allowed him to also pick his ability first. Then, he also managed to briefly sack Chris' homeworld which enabled him to cash in his Secret Objective. The final score was 10 (Jon), 5 (Ben and Michael), 3 (Chris), 2 (Steve)... I think. Anyway, Jon autovictoried in only five turns, doubling the score of the players in second place. A brilliant, decisive victory.

Chad, we needed you, buddy!

I did have fun using politics to hose Michael's abilities for the first few turns, but then I foolishly stopped picking Assembly, which allowed him to recover and successfully constipate my strategy for the rest of the game.

At 11:49 PM, September 03, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, that dance video is awesome! They should have used that instead of the original Ewok song and dance in Return of the Jedi. I'm hoping Lucas will overdub it in on the next Return of the Jedi release.

Jon was very good at picking his spots and chasing objectives. He also didn't really attack other races or take significantly more territory than anyone else--he got his VPs when he could and consolidated in his home systems, which was the right thing to do. He also got technology on most of the turns, which the rest of us did not really do (and there were two (at least) technology-related objectives during the game).

Carlos, we played with all objectives face up at the beginning of the game, which I think made the game MUCH more enjoyable. I don't think I'd play any other way in my future games. In addition, the preset map was a great idea. No one ever really said "I'm getting screwed by the map!" I keep thinking about playing with leaders, but after I think about it I feel pretty sure (and I think Ben kind of suggested that he feels this way too) that they add complexity with no real significant gain to gameplay, since EVERYONE has them.

The ISC2 card is also better than Bureaucracy. I think you'd enjoy a game with these options.

At 1:36 AM, September 04, 2007, Blogger Michael said...

Thanks again Chris for hosting, and Ben for "helping" me understand the gameplay during the first few turns.

Sorry for being grumpy today. Really been having a hard time getting any sleep recently (slept the second I got home from DL tonight, but up already and can't seem to sleep anymore).

I did enjoy making my powers of persuasion roll on the penultimate turn.

At 6:55 PM, September 04, 2007, Blogger Jeff said...

My eyes!!

The goggles! They do nothing!

At 7:21 PM, September 04, 2007, Blogger Chad said...

SO wanted to play yesterday, but I got hit hard by allergies the night before and ended up sleeping until 2 in the afternoon. So much for days off. Glad to see that the snake women continue their winning streak, though. We can't have those nasty humans or cat people dirtying up the universe.

And Bollywood for the win. If only Hollywood made movies as ridiculously over-the-top as India.

At 7:24 PM, September 04, 2007, Blogger Schifani said...

I played like sh*t. I had the Dos Equis turtles, and overestimated what I could do with their diplomatic bonuses, among other errors.

Jon's victory dance made me feel better.

At 7:28 PM, September 04, 2007, Blogger Carlos said...

This is all great information! Thanks all. It was almost as good as actually being there. Of course had I not gone to El Paso with the family, I would not have had the chance to brawl with some guy in the middle of the I-10 interstate near Ft. Stockton, so it was not a total loss.

Chris, in the past we have played with the objectives face up and I agree that I like it much better this way. I think that we did not use this method when we got the expansion.

At 7:35 PM, September 04, 2007, Blogger Ben said...

Upon further reflection, I realize I sort of screwed myself by not remembering something. My secret objective was to capture all hexes with wormholes on them, however, in the 5-player map special rules it said to discard and redraw if you drew a card mentioning wormholes. It actually was probably too easy an objective given my board position, not that it helped me claim it.

At 7:50 PM, September 04, 2007, Blogger Ben said...

I would like to try leaders sometime just to see what its like, but we play this game so infrequently I'm hesitant to add anything that might spoil the experience.

At 9:28 PM, September 04, 2007, Blogger Carlos said...

This October we may be able to use my parents house. They will be out of town and thay have a nice large island in the kitchen that may lend itself well to the TI3 board. If it does not work, we can always use the dinning roon table.

October, anyone?

At 9:03 PM, September 06, 2007, Blogger Rob said...

Best session report ever.


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