After almost cancelling we ended up having a fun night of Catan with 6 players:
Newcomers Moby Christoffersen & Larry Solomon, Charlie, Annette, Robert Gregoire and Claude.
We ended playing 2 rounds of 3 player games:
Larry 2-for-2 in first career Winnipeg settlers league appearance.
It was myself, Larry and Claude. After the initial placements… I was not very happy with myself. I ended up placing such that I was not collecting sheep or wood. Additionally, I was totally dependent on the 11s and 6s. Larry and Claude both had strong initial placements with Larry having a nice Sheep Port.
Despite the terrible setup… I was lucky and (many 11s and 6s rolled , not many 8s ) I ended in the lead going into the endgame after playing a big Monopoly on Ore which allowed me to get an upgrade and buy 3 DCs.
Claude was trying to win with the longest road and a last-ditch effort to steal the army.
Larry just progressed steadily, and finally was able to win with 3 cities, 3 settlements and 3 VPs.
Congrats on the win! Very well played.
Larry: 10; Charlie: 9, Claude: 7
Although I was not a participant in this one it looked like a classic Robert Gregoire win with many, many roads.
Congrats on the win Robert!
Robert: 10; Moby 7; Annette 6
For round 2 after a random draw, the winners switched tables:
It was now Myself, Robert and Claude.
I had a much better setup this time. But was forced into trying to play road-building strategy which I am not very comfortable executing.
Robert had a very slow start in this game. Myself, I had a very fast start quickly building to 4 settlements and was doing well. Claude also had a very strong start but started taking over in the middle game, due to being the only player producing significant amounts of Ore.
He stole longest road and was at 9 points when Robert and I were both showing 4 points.
This is when I activated my army and started attacking Claude and blocking his Ore at the same time I was trading brick and lumber to Robert to help him steal the road from Claude (and buying DCs in the meantime). At this point I knew I had a chance. I kept buying DCs and they kept getting VPs. I soon had 3 VPs and was at 8 points (5 on the board and 3 VPs) all I needed to do was secure the army and I’d have the win.
This is exactly what I did. Winning by flipping over my 3rd soldier.
Charlie: 10; Robert 6; Claude 7
This was a game involving the two newcomers Larry and Moby. Based on post-game interviews it sounds like it was a bitterly contested match between Moby & Larry, with Larry dominating from the start.
Congrats Larry! 2-for-2.
A very big Thank You to Larry & Moby for coming out tonight.