First of three game nights at Nadine's while I'm in the US. Session report by Nadine:
Gili and Abe arrived at about the same time.
David & GoliathAbraham+, Gili, Nadine
Gili+, Abraham, Nadine
Abe had never played David and Goliath so we played two games. Abe won the first one by a lot, Gili won the second one.
Cuba + expansionsAbraham 73, Nadine 70, Gili 70
Then we played Cuba with the expansion buildings. Abe bought one of them on the first round, that lets you trade 5 different non-cube things for 9 points. I had the sugar-rum-points buildings.
Abe had a lot of money and cubes, he won the political influence every round except the last two. The second to last round Gili won and selected the card that lets you only produce one resource, so Abe couldn't get the resources to use the building, so he didn't use it all game. The market had been cleared out by political cards. He was able to ship, and still won.
Final score Abe 73, me and Gili tied at 70, I had two coins. We had talked about her keeping a coin for a tie breaker during the bidding, but she wanted to select cards. We could have each done a few things differently.
The game seems very well balanced because it's usually close at the end, after my two games. It's fun, not too long, with interesting choices that seem to matter though almost all my choices were worth 2 points. Abe beat me in number of useless cubes.