It was Monday, and despite the fact that tomorrow we’d be knee deep in cubes and cards at the regular GNN meet, Sam and I met up for a little light box-based entertainment.
We began with Alien Frontiers. It appeared briefly on the GNN landscape three years ago, but failed to get an audience. Recently, Sam bought another copy, and so he and I decided to try it again. Since we knew the rules (I needed a brief refresher), it was simplicity itself to set it up and get going.
It was a pretty fast-moving game. We rolled, blocked each other and tried to colonise the planet before the other did. It was fun, and that can’t just have been due to our early decision to get shit-faced. As a semi-light game, it does okay. It’s by no means a main event, but may slip into that nether region of games that fit into an awkward forty-five minutes at the end of an evening.
It was pretty close throughout, with Sam just getting down his last colonies in the turn before I was about to end the game.
Next we decided to be thematically consistent, and pulled Quantum down from the shelves, for more dice-based space exploration. This game of inter-galactic explosions needs no introduction. I chose the map, which means I have no excuse for what happened next. Sam swanned around the map placing cubes, while I desperately battled his cubes, trying to postpone the inevitable. A whitewash.
Sam 0 cubes left
Andrew 4 cubes left
With enough time for one more game, we went for the most predictable choice we could make: 7 Wonders. No one could accuse us of foregoing old favourites in favour of the flavour of the day (and that’s very nearly a new tounge twister) when 7 Wonders is such a regular to our table.
As usual, Dirk went for sciences. I got the Statue of Zeus for my wonder, and I chose the side that allowed you to copy a neigbouring guild. This is pretty powerful in a two player game, because if you can’t build a guild, there’s a chance that Dirk can, and you still get the benefit.
I got three guilds in the final round, along with one copied from Dirk to give me a huge 32 points. Plus, I got 18 for military, which got me first place. Dirk's sciences (26 points) could not hold off Sam’s blue buildings (39 points) and so Sam avoided the ignominy of losing to Dirk.