Charity Challenge Week 5 - Night 4

This blog is super late coming but we’ve had a lot on the go and the Charity Challenge is now complete!

First I want to say THANK YOU to everyone for following and donating. We hit our $500 goal and we’re thrilled. I want to thank the following people for their donations:

  • Adam & Kathleen
  • Charlene S
  • Chris W
  • Todd D
  • Mom and Dad
  • Sandra D
  • Nicole H
  • Matthew R
  • Nathan M
  • Benjamin K
  • Aunt Barb
  • Sara & Duncan
  • Gaurav and Joanna

Thank you all so much for your support everyone. If you’d like to donate you can still do so here.

Let’s get to the competition shall we?

The Choice

With Rachel losing Pagoda she gets to pick the game tonight. There’s a lot at stake as if she loses tonight I’ve won the competition. Rachel has played her aces at this point so she’s found a game she’s won a lot but hasn’t played that much, a bit of a risk.

Tonight we’re playing Tiny Towns.

The Game

Tiny Towns is kind of like bingo – everyone will take turn calling out different resources that must be placed down on a board, once you’ve combined the right resources you’ll create a building. The publisher’s explanation does a good job of breaking down the game:

You are the mayor of a tiny town in the forest in which the smaller creatures of the woods have created a civilization hidden away from predators. This new land is small and the resources are scarce, so you take what you can get and never say no to building materials. Cleverly plan and construct a thriving town, and don’t let it fill up with wasted resources! Whoever builds the most prosperous tiny town wins!

In Tiny Towns, your town is represented by a 4×4 grid on which you will place resource cubes in specific layouts to construct buildings. Each building scores victory points (VPs) in a unique way. When no player can place any more resources or construct any buildings, the game ends, and any squares without a building are worth -1 VP. The player with the most VP wins!

If you’d like to learn more about the game you can check out this video.

The Result

Rachel has traditionally done better at this game than me because I’m terrible at physical puzzles. When I look down at the Tiny Towns grid I often screw myself over and back myself into corners. We decided to play best of 3…

In game 1 things went completely counter to that – Rachel built her special building and it let me decide what all the resources are. She got a lot of points, but gave up control of picking resources. This let me have my way completely and it ended up 31 to 17 in my favour.

Game two was a whole other beast – it was close and tense the whole time. Rachel struggled to get exactly what she needed done, I made some mistakes. The end result was another super close finish. Final score? 10. to 9. For me!

And with that I’ve won!!!!!!!!!!! Rachel’s three year winning streak finally comes to an end in the fourth year of the competition!

I’ll be back with a blog in a day or two to wrap things up but for now I’m thrilled with my victory! Thank you all for following along!