Revisiting an Old Friend
I’ve played Glory to Rome about 150 times. I only mention this to prove that it’s one of my favorite games of all time. Is it one of yours too?
This past weekend I played it twice back-to-back. It was like visiting an old friend, since I hadn’t played it much lately. Both sessions were 3-player games involving my wife and another human friend we’ll call Brock.
Brock has played it a few times in the past, but he wanted to refresh his memories of it to see if it would make a good purchase.
The End Game First
Both games ended when the in-town foundations were exhausted. No one attempted to end play with a Forum or a Catacombs, and even though I completed a Temple fairly early in the first game, the draw pile still had plenty of cards in it.
So I won the first game on straight up points because I had the most valuable buildings completed.
Since Brock wasn’t feeling comfortable with how he played that first game, he requested a second game immediately. We were glad to oblige.
Two things stand out it my mind about the second game.
First, I maxed out my clientele at 7 and was having trouble initiating more construction projects.
Second, because of the above, I decided to maximize the contents of my vault. I managed to get 1 gray and 3 blue cards tucked under the right side of my mat before the foundations were depleted. That gave me the 3-point bonuses for both of those colors and helped greatly towards my second win.
The Infrequent Win and Rare Double
I don’t know what my exact stats are, but I don’t think I win games – any games, not just Glory to Rome – very often. So when I manage back-to-back victories, I’m really pleased.
This day I was really pleased.
When was the last time you won 2 in a row – whether the same game or two different titles? Did you celebrate or is that too common an occurrence for you?