The Tao of Gaming

Boardgames and lesser pursuits

Session Report

I finally (finally!) managed to play the published version of Race for the Galaxy. Hopefully those games will last me until I get my copy. Also played Modern Art, and two more games of Kutschfahrt. These were played with the full set of cards (and six players). The five or so “advanced” cards do help flesh out the game (as they let you trade professions, and also pass item cards around the table). Now that our group has a few games under our belt, this moves along fairly quickly and a range of reasonable inferences means that we don’t have to spend nearly as long deducing teams. There are still other options to figure out, though. One team lost because one player thought the obvious move was to keep a victory item, and the other thought it was correct to trade it to the 3rd person (to verify the association). It’s tough to get a convention, because your opponents can (if they know where the victory items are) raid you to grab them.

But in any case, I’ve upped my rating of this game to an eight, and recommend it. I could see burning out on this (I’ve only played five times), but it’s quite enjoyable and fast. Despite the fact that it plays up to 10, six or eight may be the sweet spot.

And no, I haven’t bailed arguing about Taxonomy. OK, I have, but it was to play games. I like the (now obvious) definition that a race is a game where the end condition is also the victory condition.

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Written by taogaming

November 6, 2007 at 1:05 pm

Posted in Session Reports

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