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For all of its other faults as a competitive game, this is something that Ascension gets very much right. There are a set amount of honor tokens (victory points) available at the start of the game. Once they are gone, the game end is triggered, where any players who are 1 turn behind get to round out the game. They are allowed to earn more tokens, pulling them from an infinite pool of extra points.
My level always shows 0. I'm not sure how many games I have to play for it to change at all. I know I'm not a total loser, I win a few games. Actually much like every competitive board game, I usually win with bizarre strategies.
Why do I suck so much?
This game You should have led Silver/Loan, to make Grand Market more accessible. Grand Market is stronger than Cities with one-pile drained. Then bought a turn 4 Ghost Ship, and aimed to GS every turn, (Scheme obviously helps, but make sure you have enough silver to ensure early GM) and slow the City countdown clock. Early on, buy heavily (but don't drain) GM. Turn 11 you should have bought either Gold or Ghost Ship, buying only occasional cities to smooth the engine (don't drain piles for the opponent). With plenty of Grand Markets and very little actual $$, you can drain a majority of Cities at the last minute, as long as you kept up the GS pressure.
I'm getting back in the groove. Had a game today where I had a deck that was almost entirely grand markets. Bought two provinces every turn until game over.
Gotta say I enjoyed getting this response:9:10 Hilmario: Disgusting luck, lost to a fucking retard. Disgrace
Anyone want to play any? I'm home sick today. Clearly bored.