Tackling the challenges of power and thoughts on falling numbers
Power Grid, a game he had brought along and which I had read much about and was keen to try (as indeed I am Power Grid: First Sparks, the lighter variant). The game, as with many euro games, offers a relatively simple set of rules that then presents many different choices and ways of reaching the winning conditions. In this game the players find themselves as the bosses of power companies trying to build their business around the provision of power to as many cities in Germany as possible (the reverse of the board shows America).
Players bid for power stations (coal, oil, wind, garbage or nuclear), buy the rights to supply cities and try to cope with the fluctuating fuel markets as they seek to source the fuels for their power stations. In providing the power to the cities they then generate the income that allows them to invest in yet more fuel, power stations and cities.
as a game it was excellent. The rules were quickly understood by all of us, but the choices we then had always seemed difficult and when it came to the final go we were all very close to winning, although perhaps not surprisingly Martin’s greater experience at the game prevailed. Although he had thrown his hands up in despair a couple of times late in the game as he felt he had made poor decisions. Sadly for the rest of us they weren't that bad!
As to the absence of the younger people I can only guess that they have found a watering hole more to their tastes and so are less frequent visitors to the Blue Anchor with the result that joining us on a Sunday evening is a less natural part of their social lives. I may be wrong and they will join us next time but …….
Does this mean that you cannot create a Social Gamers Group in a pub with a wide demographic? On the evidence of London On Board I don’t believe this to be the case but certainly for the moment we seem to be reflecting a narrower demographic than I had hoped would be the case.
That said I am very grateful to Robin, Oliver, Simon and Martin for their continued support and can only hope that in the nature of chaos some random communication, poster, conversation or other factor will help attract others to our friendly little group.
More photo's of the evening can be seen here.
Our next event at the Blue Anchor, Crowborough is in two weeks time on Sunday 27th May starting at 7.30pm - £1 per head. More details can be seen on our Facebook Page Social Gamers - Crowborough