Tuesday, 30 December 2014


Tonight was the last night of the season. Six of us clustered around Adam and Hannah’s table (me, Adam, Hannah, Sam, Katy and Joe) before we realised there was no appetite for the suggestion of six-player Railways Of The World.

Instead we began by comparing our various Christmases. Adam and Hannah had to host a large number of family members who came and went. Katy spent five days with her parents, bookended by two days visiting friends. Sam several spent days with two different branches of his family tree. My Christmas was done and dusted in a single day, as I visited cousins for a meal and that was it. Joe arrived late, and when he asked how everyone’s Christmas was he was told that we’d already done that conversation. He said he’d wait for the blog.

As for the games, once Joe had arrived, we began with the slightly less-thinky Fauna (not counting the aborted game of Linkee was began while we waited for Joe). Fauna was all about Joe and Katy battling for top spot. In the end, Joe won for hedging his bets over some obscure animal that no one’s ever heard of anyway.

Joe 83
Katy 78
Sam 68
Hannah 57
Adam 48
Andrew 39

Then we split into two groups. Alas, we did not play two three-player games of Railways Of The World (since Joe brought his copy to go with Adam’s copy). Instead, Sam tempted Adam and Hannah with the new exotic delights of The Castles of Mad King Ludwig. They sprawled out luxuriously on the floor of the front room (the usual table was in the shed, apparently).

Joe, Katy and I played Ra. Joe explained the rules to Katy since it was her first time playing. Like a gentleman, he kept offering advice to her while we played, right up to the end of round two when I had to ask him to stop, since he was giving advice to someone who clearly already knew what they were doing.

Despite my wise choice to bow out of the battle of the Pharaohs (which ended something like 8-7), I had a barren second round where I lost points, losing precious ground. My Nile and Buildings were not nearly enough to combat Joe and Katy’s scoring on civilisations most rounds.

Katy 51
Joe 48
Andrew 29

Since them in the front room were still building castles, we three squeezed in a quick game of For Sale. This was also new to Katy but that doesn’t stop her from winning most games she’s never played before. And so it was again.

Katy 71
Andrew 62
Joe 60

And by now the castle builders in the next room had finished, with the scores at

Adam 106
Hannah 79
Sam 68

And we come to the end of the season! Katy takes top spot on the form table, just sneaking the win away from the absent Martin. Congratulations!

Katy 1 1 2 2 1 7
Martin 1 2 1 2 2 8
Jon 2 2 2 2 1 9
Matt 2 1 3 4 1 11
Andy 2 3 1 3 2 11
Joe 3 2 1 3 2 11
Anja 2 2 1 1 5 11
Ian 1 4 2 4 1 12
Hannah 2 4 3 3 2 12
Adam 1 5 3 2 2 13
Chris 2 5 1 1 4 13
Andrew 2 3 6 2 1 14
Sam 3 3 3 2 4 15
Steve 3 3 3 5 1 15
Stanley 3 2 4 1 5 15

Meanwhile, on the Division, Sam wins on Points and the Medal Table and Anja wins on Points Ratio. Congratulations to them too!

And before I forget, this is the Division for two-player game for the season.

Well done to Sam and Joe, our two two-player champions.

And that's all for the season! All that's left is to put together the end-of-year review in statistics, which should be up later. Then, it's a bit of rest and relaxation in the pause before the start of the next season.

Which begins on Friday!


  1. Second in the form table, second in the medal table, second in points ratio and second in the two-player table. I knew I shouldn't have gone on holiday!

  2. It was an act of gracious charity, Martin.

    Thanks all for a good season and a good year. I really liked Castles again - Stan and I had been playing a couple of things slightly wrong, inevitably, but the main thing that changed the game last night was the strategic thought of Adam and Hannah, who managed to chain their rooms to point-score effectively whilst I mis-read one of my bonus cards and lost 12 points as a result. Or six, actually, as I'd mis-read it in two places. Double d'oh.

    Fauna was fun. It'd have been nice to finish with a bit of Linkee too but I was exhausted. Thanks all, and Happy New Year!