Wednesday, October 31, 2012

A Few Acres of Snow

I dropped by Bruce's place last night for a few games of A Few Acres of Snow. We haven't
 played in a awhile and Bruce was keen to try some new ideas for the French player.


Game 1 (above) went badly for Bruce--he just did not get the cards in the right sequence. An early military (mis)adventure, tough cards and amazing card luck for me meant a quick game (15 minutes) for the British. I almost felt badly for Bruce, but my recollection is that showing him any kind of pity inevitably bites me in the ass.

Game 2 was much closer (a tie in points, as it turned out--which goes to the French). I was slower, Bruce was annoying with his Indian raids, and he expanded fast enough to make up the difference. I felt pretty good going up the west side of the map but maybe should have focused on bringing the game to conclusion faster? So a split evening.


I wonder if a good strategy for the British is to buy the two settlers as quickly as possible to deny them to the French. I know the French don't necessarily need settlers as much as the British, but they do if they want to build up their cities and jack their victory points. Maybe a strategem to apply next time?

Up next: Some 28mm LotR are underway and I need to build a bunch of 15mm cavalry to prime when the weather breaks early next week.

4 comments:

  1. Going to have to look for a copy of this. A favorite period of mine.

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  2. You might want to read BGG before you buy. We have been having a good time but the designer admits that the game favours the British and there is a strategy that is basically unbeatable. That said, we have been having a hoot. Maybe you could get one cheap?

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  3. In the second edition at least the designer says he tweaked things to kill the runaway British strategy.

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  4. Yes, and kudos to him for trying and also for respecting the need to have a historically accurate (more or less) game that is likely going to be vulnerable to a certain degree of "gaming". Still a good game in my view.

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