Game in Las Vegas Nevada – Points in Play at 2×60
This game in Las Vegas Nevada was with Captain Randy! The player with the most total points in play (including gold) would be the winner. We also used a few other house rules such as no ram damage in addition to the house rules from this week of gaming in Vegas. Captain Randy rolled to go first with what I called a “spite fleet”, using various game pieces I don’t yet own. (USS Morning Star and USS Denver, along with the Bonnie Liz which I do have.)
I followed with my favorite faction, the English:
HMS Swallow + RotF TGunn, Mercer, Commander Temple, explorer, oarsmen x2
HMS Rye + explorer, oarsman, towing Gibraltar
HMS Phoenix + Bratley, helmsman, oarsman
UT’s: Missionary, Jail!, Neptune’s Figurehead, Marines
My goal with the UT’s was to take oarsmen off his ships, which would make them easier prizes for Commander Temple. Each player was allowed to place 2 oversized terrain and 3 regular terrain. We each contributed 8 coins worth 15 gold, but gold worth points would be multiplied by 4 so there was an equal amount of gold points and regular points in play (120+120=240 total).
Definitely some monetary value in Randy’s fleet:
I was intrigued by the idea of the Phoenix as a bulky and well-defended gold runner.
What happened next was nothing short of astonishing! The Americans didn’t factor round earth into their maneuvering calculations, with the Morning Star dismasted by the Swallow on turn 1! The Rye explored for England, finding good values.
Commander Temple snatched up the Morning Star and I already had a big advantage.
In a perfect stroke of luck, the Bonnie Liz found the Jail UT which warped all of her crew to Randy’s home island! This left her easy pickings for the Swallow, who sacced to emerge from a whirlpool and dismast her! The Swallow captured her on the next turn, and an English win was looking inevitable.
Just when it looked like it couldn’t get any more ridiculously one-sided….
The repaired Morning Star and Bonnie Liz will now make gold runs for me:
The Swallow and Rye+Gibraltar did their best to partially block some fog exit locations of the Denver, while I continued making gold runs.
The Denver got a good enough fog roll to dock home some gold safely, but soon afterwards the game ended.
The final points in play scores:
- Ben: 186 points in play
- Randy: 48
One of the most lopsided games I’ve ever seen! The luck and fleet strategy was entirely on my side tonight, which resulted in a quick and decisive English victory. It was almost like karma for intentionally teasing me with game pieces I don’t have yet! XD