Clash of Chaos and Confetti #24: Mountain Goats

The Premise and Standings

Each week we’ll face off in a best of three series playing a different board game from our collection.  The winner claims the moniker of C&C Clash Champ for the week.  The loser can headbutt a rock.  The lesser player also gets to choose the game for the next week.

We will maintain a record of wins and losses throughout the year to see who finishes 2022 as the ultimate board game champ in our household.

Our current C&C Champion is Confetti after winning last week’s Bananagram spell-off.

Pre-Clash Current Standings:

  • Weekly Winner: 12 Chaos – 11 Confetti
  • Individual game wins:  35 Chaos – 29 Confetti

After losing last week, Chaos has chosen Mountain Goats.

The Game – Mountain Goats

Mountain Goats is a king of the mountain game that uses dice and goat meeples.  Players will race their goats to the top of mountain peaks in order to score points.  Stay on the top, and there is potential for more points, but beware because other goats will be happy to knock their competitors back to the base of the mountain.

The board is a simple set of six peaks, numbered 5-10.  Each player will have six goats, one for each separate mountain.  On their turn, a player will roll four six-sided dice.  They can then group them however they like, creating between one and four numbers.  The goats for each respective number will then ascend their mountain.  Any created number lower than five or higher than ten will be ignored.  

As the goats climb the mountain, they are happy to share any tile space until they get to the top.  When a goat reaches the top they will nab one of the point tokens for their player.  Every time they try to climb higher when already at the peak’s apex, they will just grab another point token.  If another goat reaches the top of an already occupied peak, they will not only grab a point token but they’ll also knock the other goat back to the mountain base, forcing them to start the climb all over.

If a player can score a set of each numbered point tile, they will get to claim one of the bonus point tokens that have been set aside the mountain range.  Players may earn multiple bonus point tokens if they complete multiple full sets of point tiles.

The game ends when either all the bonus point tokens are gone or the point tiles at the top of any three mountains are depleted.  At that point, players add up their points and name a winner.

Mountain Goats is a quick game, but it can be packed with strategy.  Players must carefully decide which mountains to climb and when it would be wisest to do so.  Climb too quickly and you’re likely to be knocked back down.  Go too slow and you’re simply allowing your competitors a chance to rack up points and possibly seize bonus tiles.  

There is only room for one at the top of the mountain.  Time to find out who the G.O.A.T. is this week.

Chaos’ Pre-Clash Thoughts:

Last week, I didn’t get to set my record for most successful title defenses.  That’s okay though because this week starts my new climb towards the record.  With a lot of strategy and a little luck, I think I can reclaim my championship and start my next winning streak.

Confetti’s Pre-Clash Thoughts:

I really like Mountain Goats! It’s a cute, fun quick game, perfect for a busy week. Hopefully I can start my own winning streak! 

Game 1:

The dice went rolling and the goats started climbing.  The battle stayed fast-paced as Chaos and Confetti both sent goats up each mountain.  It quickly became clear that there would be a race for the bonus point tokens.  

Confetti eked out the first full set and claimed the 15-point token.  Chaos was right behind her though and grabbed the 12-point token.  It seemed as if goats were ascending and descending mountains at a rapid pace as neither player wanted to let the other maintain control of any mountain for too long.  

Confetti completed a full set again to grab the 9-point bonus token and then she feasted on the 8-point mountain token in order to prevent Chaos from finishing another set.

The game ended as the third mountain tile disappeared.  Confetti set her hopes on their bonus point tokens.  Chaos hoped his large pile of mountain point tokens would do the trick.  After counting and recounting, the numbers added up to a win for Chaos.

Game 1 Winner: Chaos

Game 1 Score: 151 Chaos – 146 Confetti

Game 2: 

Game two saw the dice loving Confetti.  She couldn’t stop rolling high numbers.  She fretted over not being able to complete a set since her rolls were all so big.  Instead she was stuck claiming 8, 9, and 10 point tokens.  

Meanwhile, Chaos’ rolls stayed varied and he was able to grab the 15-point and 12-point bonus tokens.  Many of his rolls stayed low but he did claim many of the lower peak tokens unhindered because Confetti’s rolls and grouping refused to let her smaller goats climb.

Confetti may have rued her inability to complete a set, but one should never count out high point tokens.  She ended up wiping out the large peak piles and bringing an end to the game.  Chaos’ bonus tokens were helpful but they couldn’t match up to Confetti hoard of points.

Game 2 Winner: Confetti

Game 2 Score: 126 Chaos – 128 Confetti

Game 3: 

One last time, Chaos and Confetti cheered on their goats to victory.  They fought over mountain tops and had no qualms about knocking the other down.  For some reason, Confetti felt compelled to claim as many of the 7 point tokens as possible, leaving only two for Chaos.  He thankfully was not shut out from being able to complete a set.  

The bonus tokens found homes amongst both players with neither willing to yield.  As the dust settled, the final winner became clear.  Confetti’s pile of 7’s were great, but Chaos was able to get enough high-point tokens to establish his dominance of the mountain.  

Game 3 Winner: Chaos

Game 3 Score: 145 Chaos – 129 Confetti

Your Winner and NEW C&C Clash Champion: Chaos!

Chaos’ Post-Clash Thoughts:

Like the little goats in this game, I got knocked down, but I got up again.  The air at the top of the clash mountain is fresh and the championship is back where it belongs.  I guess you can just call me the G.O.A.T.!   

Confetti’s Post-Clash Thoughts:

Bummed that I couldn’t quite close the gap in the last game, but I gave it a good fight! I’ll be back on top next week. 

New Standings:

Post-Clash Standings:

  • Weekly Winner: 13 Chaos – 11 Confetti
  • Individual game wins: 37 Chaos – 30 Confetti

Next Week: Watch us clash in King of Tokyo!

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