To celebrate father’s day, or possibly a fun Sunday afternoon, Danaya, Daelynn, Mikaela, and I played a game of Starfarers of Catan. It is a game loosely based on some of the key Catan elements (5 types of resources, receiving resources based on dice rolls, trading, buying stuff with resources) but also having quite a number of unique elements of its own that make it quite fun – including each player having their own fairly large rocket ship (to which additional pieces can be added) as well as encounters with merchants, space travelers, pirates, and other circumstances.
I (Dad) managed to eke out a win about a minute before Danaya was going to win in a very convincing manner. The game really should have gone her way, but for three things:
- I had some luck with merchant encounters early on, where I had no resources to give them, and in return they viewed me add a poor chap who needed some help with extra resources.
- Towards the end of the game, Mikaela was pretty generous in a couple of trades with me in an effort to keep Danaya from winning.
- I managed to score 3 victory points on my last turn by purchasing a fame ring with a trade good, by placing a colony, and scoring an unforeseen point by colonizing one of those troublesome planets which required 4 freight rings, but provided a victory point.
To Danaya’s credit, she was a really good sport in having me sneak in and snag the victory points. A fun time was had by all, except Davison who kept being caught playing with one off the extras rockets and being made to put it away.