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Game Reports / How Many Mistakes Did I Make?
« on: September 25, 2011, 01:39:11 pm »
It really felt like I was in this one until the end, but that might be generous:
http://councilroom.com/game?game_id=game-20110923-071430-f904de03.html
It's not a great board, all terminal actions, but I keep thinking about it because my opponent and I took different strategies and his ended up paying off. I want to know if I lost because of luck, or if his was just clearly the better option.

I open Monument/Silver and see that he goes Sea Hag/Silver. I decide not to play the Sea Hag game; instead I'm going to use Vault to skip over those Curses, get me up to Goons, and start hitting him with that. Was this Mistake #1?

On Turn 7 I get $8 and pick up my first Province. With a deck this slow and no real way to speed it up other than Vault I'm not concerned about putting together a bunch of treasures. This might have been Mistake #2 but I think I made the right call. This is also a turn where he had (unbeknownst to me) a Goons/Sea Hag collision, which I cleverly avoided by skipping Sea Hag altogether. So at least he had to deal with that, but I don't think it hurt him much.

Turn 8 I pick up another terminal, I go with Monument over Sea Hag because I'm still concerned about money and I think this is going to be a close game; the victory chips could decide it. Mistake #3?

Second Province on turn 10 so I'm still pretty confident about what I'm doing. I know I'm going to slow down but I think I've built up enough of a lead to ride out the rest of the game. I am wrong. He gets his first Province immediately after, on his Turn 11.

It looks like the turning point was Turn 15, where he was able to switch over to Duchies and I only had enough to pick up a Courtyard. Still, I felt like I was in it until the end. Was I right?

Other observations: I bought a lot of Silver, and didn't use my Goons +Buy to get Copper/victory chips, which he started getting towards the end. I was still banking on getting enough $ in hand to get the last Province. Should I have backed off of the Silver early on, or ramped up on the Copper in the late game?

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Game Reports / I Luck Into a Win Against a Clearly Superior Opponent
« on: August 26, 2011, 01:19:51 pm »
Had to share this, because it contains my personal Greatest Hand Ever:

http://councilroom.com/game?game_id=game-20110823-200640-534b8208.html

Possession is one of those cards that gets more powerful the more skilled your opponent is compared to you, so of course I grabbed it ASAP.

And then... Turn 21.

King's Court/Possession. Nothing surprising, by itself.
...except that I managed to Island away his only Possession.
...and had a Moat in my hand, so I could keep playing his Rabble without hurting my next hand.
...and I King's Courted his Grand Market, allowing me to pick up 3 GMs of my own.

He made a valiant effort to repair the gap, but I managed to KC a GM and double Colony a few turns later and he resigned.

There is no chance I could ever pull this off again; it was purely a matter of drawing several cards at absolutely the best possible time, but I still think it's entertaining.

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