Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Capitalism Via Capstan

Yesterday, I arrived to find Brian, Dennis, Scott, and Chris playing a card game --the title of which was obscurred by hunger and fatigue. After a pit-stop at the kebob shop, I returned to find that Tiffany had arrived. We split into two groups with Dennis and Brian reenacting what I believe was the inter-continental tiff between Harry and Bill over a sordid, soggy strip of island. Chris, Tiffany, Scott, and I played a clearance table adoptee; El Capitan, the remake of Kramer's Tycoon.

After a little stumble through the rules; we were off, sailing and borrowing and building and borrowing. Chris began by spreading out, building his warehouses in several cities. Others soon followed this strategy and overall everyone seemed to maintain similar setups through the first scoring round. Scott appeared to be a little more conservitive with his loan management, opting for the small loans, while Tiffany was cool and collected as she extended her loans, incurring exorbitant interest rates.

The game seemed to open up after the second payout since we all seemed to have a little more money to play with. We set right out sending the old, established warehouse operations of our competition into the pools of dilapidation. Occasionaly a ship would race across the World, squeeze into a busy port, and erect a fortress while the gold florins were flowing. Towards the end, Chris seized a bonus for maintaining warehouses in all 9 cities, while Scott seemed a little provincial with his mere 7. However, with knives twisted, revenue collected, and bills paid, Scott pulled through with a victory. Oh sweet, sweet, Alexandria; a prosperous port and inaugerator of merchant kings. He was followed closely by Chris.

The game seemed solid once we mastered the order of operations; if ever it becons again we can incorporate the extra cities and set the wee pirate ship asail.

Here is a link to the java game of
Tycoon (I believe Taj Mahal is here as well).
I can't get the link to work so the address is: http://hilinski.net/games/online/

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At 12:30 PM, March 31, 2009, Blogger Jeff said...

Every time there's lengthy post on the blog, I play Guess the Author Before Getting to the Bottom. Session reports are easy since there's usually a roll call of who was there right up front that eliminates a lot of possibilities. Advanced strategy tip: If the post is about miniatures, it's probably Steve or Dennis.

Travis stumped me on this one. I didn't recognize the style, and he slipped my mind when I was thinking of the usual Monday crowd.

At 1:28 PM, March 31, 2009, Blogger Tiffany said...

Travis beat me to the report, but his was fun to read as well. :)

At 2:01 PM, March 31, 2009, Blogger Tiffany said...

But El Capitan was a good little game, and a nice find on the clearance table. Reminded me of bits of several games all rolled into one. I would not mind playing again. Maybe this time I will do better.

Now I just have to go back and raid the clearance game table Wednesday after work :ninja:

At 5:25 PM, March 31, 2009, Blogger Michael said...

Don't worry everyone, the Spongebob Squarepants song pack is now available for rock band.

Now our lives are complete.

At 7:49 PM, March 31, 2009, Blogger Brian said...

Moments that seem inevitable in hindsight:

"You know we haven't seen Travis lately" he said, roughly 1 minute before Travis walked in.


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