This time, 3 of us tried our hand at: Shafausa.
MC played as the mysterious Sanagal, PH the Primitiva and AL tried the diminutive Shaufausa.
Rather than bamboozle everyone with the rules from the get-go, we learnt each of the seven phases as we played them. This meant that crucial aspects like buying buildings in phase 3, not being able to build them in phase 4 and learning that such inaction comes with a penalty in phase 5 took place. It didn’t help PH that he mistook a starting Iron mine as a Stone mine. The dark print looks cool, but was difficult to distinguish between the coal, stone and iron mines. Once it was established that PH did indeed have the capacity to produce Iron, he was able to build his buildings.
Using the crib sheet on the back of the rules, we were mostly able to maintain the turns without having to refer back to them. After a turn, the power cards for each player were read out and they made sense then.
PH chose to pay less bidding for turns with Privilege, AL went for the Forced Labour to produce extra resources and MC enjoyed paying less to speculate on the market with a Tax Rebate.
MC quickly headed off with a Copper mine and felt rather smug about that until AL somehow built himself a Gold mine.
AL was the first to fill their map and ended the game.
MC got a very reasonable 44.
PH got a much more reasonable 47.
AL blew MC and PH out of the water with an insane 80.
Well done AL!