Railway Rivals game 9 – Turn 12 and Game end
Quite an even sharing of the points on the final races and Jonathan keeps his small lead. Gerald finds enough to get past Thomas, but the final spread is still quite small.
McJacobahn – Mark Cowper (Blue)
POINTS: 314 +57 = 371 = 2nd
Weeshie-Washie & Coldness Railway – Thomas Kok (Black)
POINTS: 289 +40 = 329 = 4th
The North British Railway Company – Jonathan Palfrey (Green)
POINTS: 343 +62 = 405 = 1st
Premiership Football is Best – Gerald Udowiczenko (Red)
POINTS: 283 +61 = 344 = 3rd
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Game End Statements
North British Railway: Jonathan Palfrey. 1st
This was a well-contested game and it was hard for me to predict who would win it. I grabbed the north-east with some extensions into the south. Thomas grabbed the north-west with slightly fewer extensions into the south. Gerald tried to grab the south-east but didn’t really succeed in monopolizing it; however, he had extensions to the north and west. Mark was all over the south but didn’t reach the north at all.
I’m a bit surprised that Mark did so well, but he did have good coverage of the south and a monopoly in some areas. I’m also a bit surprised that Thomas didn’t do better, but I suppose the north-west is relatively sparsely populated, so he had to build more track and got fewer races out of it.
I still don’t know whether I’ll win this game, but I remain quite hopeful...
From a personal point of view, I must confess that I’ve set foot in Scotland only once (for a conference at Stirling University in 1980), and my knowledge of Scottish geography is virtually nil, so for every race I had to hunt all over the map to locate each city. By the end, I was starting to remember where some of them are...
Weeshie-Washie and Coldness Railway: Thomas Kok, 4th
Not terrible for a first time railway builder I thought. But then again, so many missed opportunities! Ah well. Thanks for running the game the way you did Mike, you were brilliant. And Mark, Jonathan, Gerald, thank you all for your kind emails, it has been a joy. :-)
Premier Football is Best: Gerald Udowiczenko, 3rd
As always many thanks to Mike for reffing the game and many thanks for putting up with my timekeeping.
I though I had a chance as I was starting from Edinburgh and wouldn’t be fighting others for routes but things didn’t really go my way (I’m sure there’s a song title there?). Especially when I got royally stuffed by NBRC as I approached Perth and the McJacobahn “invasion” into the East Coast didn’t help. This meant that I didn’t build into towns first and pick up those all important points, which come the end of the game, will probably be the difference between me and second place, probably the best I can realistically hope for.
I was hoping that having a “central” presence would help and, while it did give me a number of joint runs, I think in hindsight maybe going for a coastal run would have been better. With one turn left, there only being 60 points between first and last, this has been one of the closest game for a while. Well done to all players!
As to Mike’s comments about no one using the “leapfrog rules”, I think this was because none of us really knew how to use them. I would welcome a few suggestions on how maybe we could have used them in this game, for future games (but saying that we probably won’t see those rules for a long time now).
As to those “special dice”, many thanks, Mike, for not using them for me this game, long may that continue.
McJacobahn: Mark Cowper, 4th
This was an interesting game after Latvia. I chose to go south and not compete with THURB or WISHEE-WASHIE in the North. I think this was a mistake as many of the races were North-South and I either had no coverage, or had to joint run. I also wasted points getting to Edinburgh. One set of races I could only enter one race out of eight on offer and THURB stormed past on the rails. Solo runs were few and far between for my stations. We never used any Leapfrogs; I should have done this early in hindsight. Aberdeen looked like a good one to link to. Congratulations to THURB on another good win.
Thomas could have finished higher and will probably regret not building to Skye, but otherwise did very well for a first outing. I was very surprised to see no leapfrogs built. For an example, if I were Gerald, I would have built ‘Perth – G63’ leapfrog (costing nothing) and then ‘G63-H63-H68’. Mark is right, I think, in that they needed to be built early on. Perhaps Gerald was distracted by the invasion of the SE? Jonathan did tie up the NE and Thomas the NW, but there were more towns in the NE, so Jonathan did better. I find many years of reading Nigel Tranter’s Scottish history novels always helped me to locate the towns, together with cycling along the west highland coast and an enjoyment of malt whisky.