Charity Challenge 2021 - Week 2 Night 3

We’re back for another night of week 2 action in the O’Sullivan Charity Challenge raising money for the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. We’ve raised $105 of our $600 goal – if you’d like to donate you can do so here.

Let’s get into the night…

The Choice

I’m starting to sweat some now. Rachel has put together a string of three wins that started with beating me in Crokinole, a game I very rarely lose. After beating me last night it falls again to me to choose our game tonight. I’m going to keep the newer game train going tonight, but I’ll try and pick something I think Rachel will struggle a bit with.

Tonight I’m going to pick The King is Dead

The Game

The King is Dead is an Area Control / Area Majority game where you are trying to guide three factions to victory while making sure it is the faction you have the most support of wins the game. The big wrinkle in this is that you only have 8 cards/actions to take in the entire game, so it’s a delicate balance trying to get your chosen faction to win. The official description for this game is a little fluffy, but will provide some more colour:

The King is dead. The kingdom is divided. Three factions – the Scottish, the Welsh, and the English – vie for control and, across the sea, foreign invaders prepare to take advantage of the chaos. Players must marshal their limited resources to influence this power struggle, while ensuring that the faction that rises to dominate the realm favours them above all other claimants to the throne.

The Result

So the goal tonight was to stop this winning streak Rachel is on by throwing a game at her in a genre she doesn’t have too much familiarity. I tend to be a touch better than her at abstract games and area control is a space she hasn’t spent much time in her gaming career.

So how do you think that went folks?

First she won the teaching game, then she won the whole thing. It came down to the last turn and ultimately Rachel managed to work out the puzzle and was able to guarantee her win after I had spent all my resources/cards.

I gotta be careful or Rachel might just ride this wave and crush me this year. I’ve won the trophy the last two years and it’s VERY clear she’s taking that personally.