Game 1: Mark started with a bit of military and tried to develop a strategy as such. It went pretty well, but didn't get any supporting <6> cards. Steve and I were both working on colony builds, but I was able to get a bit more out in the <6> cards to help pull out a win. This is one of the few games I played were zero VP were taken from the pool as we only had one consumption power on the board. Weird.
Game 2: Mark again tried the military build route, but it was much more forced and it didn't fair well. :) I was working on a 2x VP wash repeat that I got kicked off pretty early having the 2 goods -> 3 VP in play. Steve was working something similar, but didn't kick in the x2 VP until the turn after I started and it hurt his total collection. We ended the game with all VP pool being gone, with my VP count being higher then Steve's.
Game 3: Mark tried a different approach, having Old Earth as his home world. At the end of the game he started to see the finer points of the interactions between the cards, but it was a bit too late. Steve did the <6> build strategy, having three of them from the start of his hand, including the -2 Dev card. He was plopping them down for three cards pretty fast. I had New Sparta and went military having a few military cards in the initial draw. I did stumble upon New Galactic Order that helped with the VP. Steve and I tied with 40 points and even tied the tie breaker with goods and cards in hand!
We ended about 1030, I was tired and my pain meds were wearing off, but it was great that they came by for a game or three. Thanks guys! Most of the guys are playing the Flames of War Annual Memorial Day event at The Game Shoppe, hope that goes well. I may sneak out and see a movie with the Eldest if she ever wakes up.