The worlds we chose this evening were Amerigo and Macao. Two games from neighbouring centuries jostled for space on the same table. Sam, Steve and Anja went for the epic sweep of Amerigo, while Matt, Ian and I chose a make our fortunes in the Portugese colony of Macao.
Macao was a strange game, with no players spending much time gathering city quarters and shipping goods. Instead, we relied on a remarkably generous Tribute Track, allowing us all to trade cubes for coins and buy prestige points that way. But Ian’s three Baronesses gave him 15 bonus points at the end, while Matt’s minus 12 points for uncompleted cards dragged him back into second.
Amerigo still had another round to play, so the three of us broke out Biblios. I reminded Matt and Ian of the rules, and I like to think I was hit by Explainer’s Curse but, let’s be honest, no one knows why people win or lose at Biblios.
With that win, Ian became Mr Biblios: a rather fleeting title that’s given to whoever just won a game.
Anja and Steve had to leave to catch the bus back, while Sam totted up the scores and grumbled his way through the lengthy period of packing away that Amerigo requires. In the end the scores were:
I set off home after my game of Biblios but, like Steve and Anja’s baby boy, the remaining three weren’t quite ready to go to bed just yet. They stayed on for another game of Biblios, with Sam picking up the title of Mr Biblios.
On the form table, Ian rises to pole position with just one evening of the season to go! See you for the grand finale on Tuesday!
As for this week’s mini-divisions, Macao sees Sam on top of a table that shows what an even playing field Macao is, with eight of us players having clocked up a win. Adam leads on the medal table and points ratio.
And for all the talk of Mr Biblios passing from one player to another, we all know who the real Mr Biblios is.The spreadsheet never lies (unless I’ve made a mistake) and Sam’s mastery of the game is there for all to see.