Sunday, June 22, 2008
NOT A Game of Thrones
Well, we had planned to play a little 6-player A Game of Thrones Saturday. Its been two years since I've been able to play one of my favorite games, so I was actually looking forward to it a bit. However, Justin Kosec and his buddy Ben never arrived. We (Mike Linder, John Davis, Mike Garrett) were unable to get a hold of them, so we abandoned that plan and switched gears to Indonesia. This was my second playing and I have to say I was impressed. In much the same way that Wabash Cannonball continues to suck me back in, Indonesia will play out so very differently each time depending on a lot of factors. This particular game saw a tight grouping of cities and shipping lines, making the ownership of shipping nearly worthless. Mike Garrett went for mergers early, which changed a lot of the dynamics from our first game where we didn't research mergers until late in the game. What we ended up with in this game was a lot of size two cities that were tightly grouped around the shipping lines and a LOT of Siap Faji. Mike Linder and John each had a Siap Faji company, and in the end I think the fact John had no shipping gave Mike a slight edge. We eventually conceded the win to Mike after Mike G merged some oil companies, allowing me to acquire the last company needed to end the game.