Yesterday’s main game was Preußische Ostbahn. We had four players this time and I was the only one with previous experience. Hannu won the game, though, with amazing score of 649 — I was second with 421!
This time I counted the turns taken. I started with a triple turn — a modest start, indeed. That boosted me to a quick lead, which didn’t last. More problematic was Tapani’s start: he started with one cube in the cup, then two, then full four cubes in the cup for turns 3-8. 23 cubes, something like that? He got, what, two turns out of those 23 cubes. Talk about odds!
So, no surprise he was badly behind. This kind of bad luck could be fatal, but combined with inferior play from other players, Tapani wasn’t far from second place — he was just 21 points behind me and would’ve passed me with the next dividends. In the end I got 17 moves, Petri had 15 moves and both Hannu and Tapani had 8 moves. Hannu was without moves in the end, when it didn’t hurt him at all.
The game developed in an interesting way. This was definitely the longest game so far, more than 90 minutes I think and we had a total of 16 dividends (I haven’t counted them before, but this feels like a lot). The western board was highly developed, while the eastern side wasn’t developed at all. I have a feeling that the Preußische Ostbahn might be something of a timer — especially if it develops slowly, the game will be longer.
Well, there’s plenty to learn here, and plenty of interest to learn. Ostbahn is really fun to play, a top-notch game. Definitely one of the hottest games right now!
I tried Toppo with the correct rules and two players and it was better. Quite fun, actually. Simple, yet entertaining. However, I’d prefer if the game came in small Amigo box (I have a feeling it might fit), or had otherwise a smaller box.
We also played Container, but had to quit before the game was finished. Petri was very much winning the game, and I was likely last. Though — Tapani had just murdered his game by taking two loans and running out of money with no containers whatsoever. He had a huge pile of containers in the island, so he might’ve done fairly well, depending on how long the game would’ve taken.