I got to game night late (8pm) for various reasons. Most everyone was in a game of 7 Wonders except Kenny. He was setting up Command & Colors: Napoleonics for he and Chris. Once he got it set up we played a game of Parade. He beat me pretty handily. Around then the 7 Wonders game finished. Adam, Shawn, Keith, and I started a game of Homesteaders. I’m not sure I did a good job of explaining the game but my fears were alayed soon enough as Adam jumped out to what seemed to be a substantial lead. He and Shawn went back and forth for the first several auctions. Shawn picked up some good properties early and got a $ engine working well. He was taking in 5-7 silver each turn at first then 9-12 by game end. Adam picked up 5 debt tokens by the fifth round but had some good properties for it. Then he built the bank and those debt tokens began to disappear. Meanwhile Keith and I were struggling to keep up. Keith picked up a couple of workers to get some income coming in. He started gaining some victory points with the meatpacking plant. Early on I realized that I was not going to do well competing for properties as I could not get any $ or trade tokens coming in. So I decided to go strictly for victory points. I worked up the railroad development track and also was able to get the church. That earned me 10 vp and generated 2 vp per turn. That seemed to be pretty weak to me, especially since I only had 2 workers on my gold mine. So I was getting some gold each turn and was able to buy some resources once in a while. The last auction was a battle with Adam for the 6 vp charity token. He had the lawyer and was upping each time. He finally bowed out at $12. I had to take a debt token to pay but I got it. That enabled me to take the lead. The final scores were 41, 37 – Adam, 32 – Shawn, 28(?)-Keith. My second win at Hypermind!
Next up was Hansa Teutonica. Chris has been raving about this one so I was eager to play. He set it up for Keith, Adam, himself, and me and explained it to Keith and I. It took a minute or two but I got a control of a couple of important cities and kept scoring from them. I also started putting a chain together. Keith was really working his cube bag, enabling him to replenish his supply each turn. Adam was having some trouble getting a strategy going. But Chris was eating the special tokens up. This enabled him to take extra actions at key times or wide a threatening opponent (usually me) from my strategy of getting a long chain of controlled cities. In the end, Chris’ accumulation of the special tokens did us in. I did not realize that they were worth points at the end so I didn’t pay them much attention. Keith was able to get control of the central chain of cities for 7 vp. And he activated his key to get a multiplier on these to get second place. I came in a respectable third.
It was a good if short night. Parade is fun and one I will be picking up. I was very glad to get Homesteaders to the table again and introduce it to some new people. Everyone rated it an 8 and want me to continue bringing it. I enjoyed Hansa Teutonica. I didn’t think I would but I was surprised. It is going on the buy list. Only downside is that I did not get to play Eminent Domain.