I was unable to make it this week so Nige stepped into the shoes of your roving reporter:
"With Garry away it was down to me to write the games report for this week. As there were only four of us and we hadn't played it for a long time it was time for a play of my all time fave Euphrat and Tigris. Let's get this straight right from the start I am a huge "Reinerphile" and this in my opinion is his all time best. As we have played this before a synopsis of the game will be in the archives so I will not waste time going into it again.
We all started off building our own small kingdoms and just collecting VPs for laying tiles. I joined up a couple of uncontested kingdoms to get the neutral VPs Things were running quite peacefully. Mark G built a couple of temples and my leaders were in like a shot to stake a claim in the pickings. Mark K didn't quite have the right tiles to kick me out and after a few turns I was picking up VPs in a fairly balanced abundent manner. Mark K eventually did kick me out but it was too late - the game was mine.
Both Mark G and John hadn't played before and this certainly hindered them. I think Euphrat is a game which you need to play a couple of times as there is just so much to consider when playing tiles."