Oct 1, 2020: Winner

It’s been a couple of weeks, but we’re back on the games night shenanigans.

Things have been busy for Carole at work, so it’s not been the best time to have a games night gathering and slaughter each other via a variety of online card and meeple games, but tonight the time was right and we pulled up at the Isle Of Cats once more, determined to better our scores from last time.

I even crafted an Excel spreadsheet to take care of the scoring elements because I’m an incredible nerd. And because it’s a complicated scoring system at the best of times, but last night I took it to another level.

I won.

I should say that from the get go.

Just because I created the Excel score calculator, this should not be taken as any kind of fix or scam. I won. Genuinely. Far and square.

But not by rescuing cats, which is the whole point of the game.

I won by gathering as many lessons – scoring objectives – as I could early on in the game and then just playing to get as many of those as I possibly could without doing to much damage to any emerging strategies throughout the game.

Or something.

I got lucky. I think it’s fair to say that. I got a lot of the lessons because Nik and Carole shunned them in the early rounds and I just snaffled them all up like a big ol’ snaffler and played them quietly to my play area. If they’d have kept a few of them for themselves, things would have worked out differently.

But hey, their loss is my gain and all that jazz. In fact, I didn’t really start gathering cats with any sort of seriousness until the final couple of rounds of the game – the rest of the time was spent coasting along on lesson cards and treasures.

See what happens the next time, if there is a next time. I don’t think I’ll get away with the same strategy again…