- Dan did stuff – most likely manly exploring, building shelters and murdering defenceless octogenarian turtles.
- Natasha developed a close bond with a spider living in her hair. After several days, the spider tired of the companionship and bit Natasha in the face. Hilarious.
- Gareth II thought that his character's special shortcut was the solution to all of the group’s problems.
- Gareth II sprained his ankle.
- Natasha was attacked by a Sea Lion. Sea lions are aggressive sorts who provide lots of food. Shame that our food stocks were full meaning that the sea lion’s carcass had to be thrown back into the sea untouched. Doubly hilarious.
- Gareth II REALLY liked the idea of his shortcut.
- A dark shadow (strongly rumoured to be Natasha) stole into the camp and ate all the food. The fat bitch. Ironically, this was mirrored by Natasha ordering and eating two pie n’ mashes and somehow acquiring, through fair means or foul, a leftover plate of onion bhajis and pork pies. Tom sampled one of the pork pies which may explain his later visual and auditory hallucinations during Augustus.
- Tom got told off by Dan for not guaranteeing the build of an invention but trying to build two at once. He failed both and was forced to refrain from breaking into an impromptu rendition of "If I Was A Carpenter".
- Ruddy hell – we’ll build the stupid shortcut! What do you mean “it isn’t as good as you thought it was!” It could only be as good as you said it was if it led us to the front of the queue at Space Mountain via La Gavroche and the harems of the Sultan of Sodding Brunei! I hope that innocent ankle sprain becomes gangrenous!
- Gareth II didn’t get gangrene – but he, along with the rest of the party, died a horrible death from exposure and starvation. Stupid shortcut.
Following the customary ‘who doesn’t mind what we play less than me?’ debacle (Ed: don’t blame me – I was waiting for ten minutes just to order a solitary pint of delicious ale and came back to find John in the middle of unpacking this behemoth), John had set up his copy of Concordia so when four adventurers went off to look after Robinson Crusoe, Philip, Andy and I sat down to take on this Essen ‘star of the show’, or at least it was during the four days last October. Gerdts is associated with the ‘rondel’, a mechanism that is like a pie chart of options, and he’s used popularly in Imperial, Navegador, but unfavourably in Antike so Natasha told everyone. Anyway, he’s ditched it here for the cult-of-the-new-card-draft. It works well in fact. On your turn you play a card and take the action. You can move your dude or ship between various cities around the Med, and where they end up means they can build in those cities they’ve ended in between. Other options allow you to gather resources, buy additional cards and you can even copy someone else’s last action, a popular move.
It was all very enjoyable. Philip taking my moves for me, I either copied him or he blocked what I wanted to do. The rascal! Andy was out and about conquering cities and John seemed to be trying to avoid any interaction with the rest of us.
Pretty straightforward so far. Yeah, well, for the first timer it’s getting your head around the end game scoring that taxes the brain. Apart from John, the rest of us just went with it and had absolutely no idea how we were faring. It’s actually only a little bit involved but in a very interesting way. VPs are scored for various set collections and you can influence the multiplier as well as the items. I’d say you need to focus on three of the six options, try to maximise those, and maybe you’re in with a shout. Philip and I weren’t. Andy pushed John quite hard, but he’d saved the biggest points earner for the end and won, as he rightly should have. Good game, would certainly play a few more times, see if I could work on my score some.
Final scores; John – 150, Andy – 140, Philip – 111, Neil – 111.