Emma showed her knack of beating Jon at Trains, improving her record to 2 out of 2, by playing a clever game and watching Peter M and Jon fight over the opposite corner of the board. For once, "Princess" was dumped into third place with Peter M edging into second place. This was followed by Machi Koro, played with the 4-4-2 deck variant of the harbor expansion, and Jon managed to get back to winning ways beating out Peter M who was pioneering an experimental purple card-heavy strategy aimed at keeping Jon in check. A nice try by Peter, but in the end not quite enough to secure victory.
With echoes of our first week last October where we played a fully co-operative Castle Panic (after slaughtering each other in Family Business), the 4 of us took on the horrors of Robinson Crusoe, a definitely cursed island. With David playing for the first time, he showed his wisdom and urged us not to commit to working on the signal fire too early. This strategy paid off as, even after a tough start, we made a good start, building a strong shelter and honing our weaponry. When Emma and I left early, Jon stepped into my shoes as the soldier character and victory was confirmed (just about) in round 10. Bromsgrove Board Gamers had earned their first win against the cursed island.
And finally, there was time for an extended game of Love Letter (Hobbit edition) with David coming out on top.
Peter M 36
David *Players won
Peter H (subbed by Jon)
In lieu of a gamer of the week, I was delighted to announce Jon as our gamer of the year. With a total of 52 wins in solo (not co-operative) games he is fully deserving of our recognition. Trailing behind in 2nd place with 30 wins is David with Peter M narrowly third on 29.