This is not really a write-up, more some notes we/I made along the way:
Garry had not played before and it had been ages since Steve had played and so we spent a little while going over the rules. Richard chose two boards which were not the hardest but also not the easiest. Garry was the first to die - when he played his first card! What better way to learn? Steve initially seemed to be bullet-proof, not taking damage for many turns and, the first time he was hurt he was shot twice in one turn but ended the turn on a double spanner and so healed both points of damage.
Richard seems to have been the one to concentrate on option cards and managed to draw three offensive cards, even though he drew the latter two after losing the first by dying. Neil was squished by a crusher on his second turn.
I managed to program the wrong robot early on and never really caught up after that but it was still a blast. It was quite some time before anyone fell off the board. I think that we all managed to avoid falling in a pit. During one turn, while he was powered down, Garry was shot six times and so returned with six damage when he powered up. Steve was in the lead for a long time but, suddenly, had gone down to three cards (6 damage). I got squished by a crusher and had not managed to make any check-points and so came back on at flag 1. The next turn after that, both Steve and Richard fell off the board!
Richard persevered, however, and won the game without anyone really noticing. We were all to busy trying to stay alive to be able to try to stop him.
At the end of the game, everyone was, miraculously, on the board!
Player, Flag, Lives, Damage
Richard, 4 (all), 2, 2
Steve, 3, 2, 4
Garry, 2, 3, 3
Natalie, 1, 3, 0
Neil, 1, 2, 1
Thanks to Natalie for all the info. I don’t think I shall make it next week either so maybe I can persuade Natalie to step into the breach again!