Billabong Boardgamers - 7th July 1998
Nearly back to full strength tonight, with David turning up half way through a readingof ....
I picked this up to complete my "Elfen" set, not really knowing much about it as a game, apart from a vague feeling it was Qvo Vadis with dice. That sums it up, I think, but it really has a nasty streak in it! Despite some confusion with the rules, the rather befuddling rulebook was read and off we went. I managed to defeat Julian to become the first High Wizard, while down on the lower levels of the tree Alan appeared to be upsetting some people, mainly David. Round 2 saw my wizards on the bottom rung (at Magician level), and I got them all up to the second level safely. Julian was elected High Wizard on turn 2, and Alan appeared to be relishing the opportunity to stick his thumb into many pies!
Round 3 saw Janet become High Wizard, and looking hard to beat - in her own words ...
"..I didn't really understand what was happening in the early game, all I knew was people kept supporting me!"
... and that early support had her in a great position, 7 points up on Julian and Doug going into the final round.
This was David's 15 seconds of fame as High Wizard, but Janet had done enough. I totally goofed the last turn, trying to take both positions below High Wizard for 18points total in a bid for second place. I committed all dice there, but David thwarted me but supporting Donna instead of himself, and made sure I couldn't get both wizards promoted.
Janet: 16 + 19 + 15 + 12 + 6 minor spells = 68
We were a little confused over the rule stating you must place 2 major spells, 2 minor spells or one of each on your turn - or pass. Pretty clear, then it goes on to say if you only have one major spell or one minor spell then you may place the one spell. This was interpreted literally that you could just place, for example, one major spell if you only had one dice, irrespective of how many minor spells you had. I think this was wrong, but I lost the argument... :)
Doug's rating: interesting.... 7 but this may swing either way.
Elfenwizards took a good 2 hours. David had to leave as there is soccer on tomorrow morning at 5am here (which I plan watching, sheesh). We bought out last weeks debutant, Res Pub., again. The rules were quickly explained to Julian and I felt this game was even better than last weeks play. The trading of tribes flattened right out so we had two settlements each by the the time the tribe deck was depleted. A flurry of commodity trading, which I think was performed more skilfully than last week, saw bolder bids and counter-offers. Again, the scores were tight:
Great game - rating is an 8.
Next week we have a special guest, hopefully. Stefanie Kethers, the LudingAdministrator, is holidaying in Australia and said she'd stop by at Billabong for a game. She kindly offered to bring out some games that were on want lists, and we're all very much looking forwards to meeting our first international guest!