Oh boy, Saturday was our first play of the full version of Arkwright! After nearly an hour of setup and rules explanation (two players hadn’t played the simpler version either) we got stuck in and it was awesome! I tried to make shipping work but was late transitioning out of it so suffered from low stock price in the final tally.
My boyfriend went for a more intermediate three factory set up with heavy machine use - while that was smart (we totally deleted the labour pool so wages were astronomical), he was competing with my factories and since I was frequently determining the start player, I undercut his sales quite badly. The two new players went for a generalist four-factory approach (got screwed by wages) and a focused two-factory approach (our eventual winner).
We immediately booked a second game, now that we’re all familiar with the rules!
Our palate cleanser after that was Ivor the Engine, a light-weight take-that game of sheep collection. As the fourth player I had a natural advantage which I used to betray my bf once again, stealing the win from him in the final turn