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Leagues (including expansion leagues) / Re: Basegame League - Round 8
« on: December 26, 2019, 01:33:02 PM »
Are we ready for round 9 yet?

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Leagues (including expansion leagues) / Re: Basegame League - Round 8
« on: November 29, 2019, 12:50:35 PM »
Glad to see this tournament getting back on the move

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Leagues (including expansion leagues) / Re: Basegame League - Round 8
« on: November 01, 2019, 02:12:34 PM »
Is this tournament still happening?

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Leagues (including expansion leagues) / Re: Basegame League - Round 8
« on: August 24, 2019, 07:40:15 AM »
I'm back from my summer break and ready to play

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News and Events / Re: UK Carcassonne Championships 2019
« on: July 21, 2019, 10:53:58 AM »
Apologies for missing this Riker, and thanks very much for your kind words! Ours was certainly the most intense game I played on the day!

And yet also the friendliest and played in the best spirit!

Congratulations on your victory in the Catan competition, when are the European/ world championships?

European is due to be in the Autumn this year, in Amsterdam. The Worlds will be in the Autumn next year, probably in Malta.

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Leagues (including expansion leagues) / Re: Basegame League - Round 8
« on: July 21, 2019, 09:14:54 AM »
I will not be available to play much in August. I suggest the tournament carries on without me in the meantime and hopefully I will soon catch up in September.

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Leagues (including expansion leagues) / Re: Basegame League - Round 7
« on: June 13, 2019, 02:40:25 PM »
Sincere apologies for the delay. It was in small part due to schedule clashes between Rosco and myself, but mainly due to a lot of recent unavailability on my part.

Riker 104 Rosco 100

Rarely do you see a game end with so few gaps in the landscape at this level. To state the obvious this could have gone either way, but the tiles fell my way crucially at the end of the game to get a couple of late farmers to steel the 24 point field (which Rosco had skilfully stolen from me when I started with a two meeple lead)

Rosco 72 Riker 95

For the first half of this game Rosco had one of the most horrible tile draws I had ever seen. I made the most of this trapping four meeples for a long period and getting a decent lead that I was then able to hold until the end of the game.

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The Marketplace / Re: WTB: Complete set of Grey Meeples.
« on: June 13, 2019, 02:32:52 PM »
My expansions came with grey meeples.

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News and Events / Re: UK Carcassonne Championships 2019
« on: June 09, 2019, 03:47:36 PM »
Thanks - really interesting write up. Our game was the most entertaining I had all day! I played Julia Bamber and encouraged her afterwards to join this community as she is a quality player. I was fortunate to beat her, even though I have been playing Carcassonne longer than she has been alive!

For all you do for Carcassonne you most definitely deserve a place at the World Championship. You were by far the best player I played all day. Despite having won it twice I feel I have a lot I can learn from you still. I'm sure it will be you year soon - now it is all two player games at the UK Championship I'm sure it will not be long.

Sorry I had to miss the semi final and final rounds - I had a UK Catan Championship to win the next day (and the Champions League final was on)!

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Leagues (including expansion leagues) / Re: Basegame League - Round 7
« on: June 04, 2019, 06:07:30 PM »
Just recovering from the UKGE! Hoping to find a convinient time to play soon.

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Riker 117 dronedrone 82

I felt like this game was going very wrong early doors but then I got a lovely run of useful city parts that enabled me to create a huge farm and then it was just a case of defending it. dronedrone misclicked a meeple on to a road at one point and that might have proved critical.

dronedrone 82 Riker 81

To state the obvious, this one could have gone either way! dronedrone was unlucky not to have completed the large city alone so it felt fair enough that the last few tiles fell in dronedrone's favour.

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Leagues (including expansion leagues) / Re: Basegame League - Round 3
« on: February 20, 2019, 02:53:48 PM »
I've just about recovered from two exciting games this evening against Mr Numbers. Sorry - I messed up the screenshots. I also need to work out where and what "Slack" is so I can chat to opponents?

MrNumbers 89 Riker 99

This game came down to a 50/50 tile draw on the last go and I got lucky. Had the tiles been drawn the other way around I would have lost.

Riker 95 MrNumers 80

Again I felt I had much the better of the tile draw, particularly early on when I drew lots of finishing city pieces. Those early points can be seen in the final totals for cities.


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Having been nearly the last to finish round one I am pleased to be the first player to finish game 2.

Bekse 80 Riker 74
Riker 110 Bekse 94

The first game was two tiles away from completion with Bekse set to win when the game disappears. We agreed the score would most likely have been 80 - 74. Bekse cleverly created a 50/50 chance to guarantee a big farm and I could not catch up tinkering around the edges with other points. Sorry, no screenshot because the game seemed to stop working.

In game two I feel sure I had much the better of the tile draw as I kept seeming to get pieces I needed while Bekse got long runs of unhelpful tiles. As a result I was able to dominate a big farm and add extra cities to it near the end.

I feel like I am playing a bit slower than my two opponents so far. Sorry in advance if you feel my play is slow!

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TheSteveAllen and I played this evening. A most unfriendly game played in good spirits, as Carcassonne should be. Thanks to Steve for his patience on missing him last night and with me still getting to grips with the interface.

Riker 110 TheSteveAllen 91
TheSteveAllen 88 Riker 76

The tile draw was in my favour in game 1, which saw me getting a lot of cloisters. While final scoring was very even I had gained enough in game lead to take the win.

In game 2 Steve made some clever endgame play, using his tile knowledge effectively to take a 21 point field. The tile draw had turned in Steve's favour this time - at one point I drew 7 plain roads in a row.

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I was online later than expected this evening and so I think I've missed TheSteveAllen. I'm sure we'll rearrange soon though.

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