Played Mission: Red Planet a couple times, then Tigris and Euphrates. Just about everyone on the MRP card art is sneering or being smug about something, as you board the rockets that may or may not get to Mars, and you may or may not be seduced into oblivion. Both plays saw me get stomped, especially the second, where I scored 2 points compared to the top player’s 55. I’m still trying to decide whether the randomized point areas reflect a better mix-up from El Grande or an artificial creation on top of the players’ developing conflicts. It seemed like my opponents were too invested in some territories to go after some potentially higher scoring areas. Perhaps the astronauts sitting on the rocket ships that failed to take off can sometimes stall the pacing. Worth playing again. Of course, Tigers & Pots continues to be great, and I got another hard thrashing from my opponents, particularly one who had been playing continuous 2p games for a long time. Placing six like-colored tiles definitely seems like an unbeatable threshold in conflicts and one I will need to watch out for. It’s certainly one heck of a reason to not turtle!