Clash of Chaos and Confetti #50: Mexican Train

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 get railroaded out of town. 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 Unstable Unicorns clash.

Pre-Clash Current Standings:

  • Weekly Winner: 24 Chaos – 25 Confetti
  • Individual game wins: 72 Chaos – 65 Confetti – 1 Draw

After losing last week, Chaos has chosen Mexican Train.

The Game – Mexican Train

Mexican Train is a domino-based game which has players competing to be the first to use all their dominoes.

The game is played over thirteen rounds, each round starts with a double in the central hub, beginning with double twelve and then descending from there all the way to double blank.  Players will take turns creating a line (train) of dominos, with each placed piece matching ends with the open end of the previously placed piece, or the central hub.

If a player cannot place a piece on an available train, they will draw from the pile of unused dominos (the boneyard).  If a playable piece is drawn, it may immediately be placed.  Otherwise, the player will mark their train as “public.”  Normally, trains are private, with only the player who owns it being able to play on it.  Once marked “public,” anyone can play on that train until the owning-player places a piece on their own train.  Then, it becomes private again.

Players may also start a “Mexican Train,” which is public at all times.  

Double pieces are placed vertically.  When a double is placed, the active player will get another turn immediately.  From there, the double must be satisfied if another piece has not been added to it.  Players will go around the table, needing to add onto the open double.  If a player can’t satisfy the double, they must draw from the boneyard.  

Gameplay will continue until a player has used all their dominos or the boneyard is depleted and there are no more eligible plays.  Either way, players will then add up all the pips on their dominos to tally their score (double blank is worth fifty points).  After thirteen rounds, the player with the lowest score is declared the winner.

Who will ride the train to victory and who will be left waiting at the station? 

Chaos’ Pre-Clash Thoughts:

Pressure has never been higher, as I absolutely need a win this week and next week in order to be the ultimate Clash player for 2022.  My family used to play Mexican Train when I was younger.  Here’s hoping I can channel those old experiences into a win.  Let’s do this!

Confetti’s Pre-Clash Thoughts:

I’ve never played Mexican Train, while Chaos has played a lot. I’m not going into this week with high expectations, but I just need one win to secure my victory for the year. Fingers crossed I can finally put this clash to rest. 

Game 1 –

The first game started a little rough for Chaos.  Confetti took an early lead and refused to give it up.

To make matters worse, once Chaos’ train went public, it seemed that Confetti took regular advantage of it to get rid of her pieces.  Meanwhile, Chaos’ plays mostly only fed the public Mexican train, which meant he couldn’t close his.  

While both players stalled out from time to time, Chaos just couldn’t get enough steam to really close the gap between himself and Confetti.  She kept knocking on the door to victory as Chaos prayed for a break.

Eventually that break happened for Confetti as she put down her final domino and captured the first win.

Game 1 Winner: Confetti

Game 2 –

The second game started with Chaos taking a strong lead.  He rushed down to only a few pieces.  Confetti was forced to make slow work of her pile, becoming quite familiar with the boneyard.

Unfortunately, as Chaos’ domino pile shrunk, so did his options.  He just couldn’t put the game away and kept having to draw more as well.  As the game stretched on, Confetti shrunk the gap, and Chaos remained just a few turns away, if he could only get the right pieces.  

What seemed like a sure thing for Chaos suddenly felt a lot less firm as Confetti broke into the lead.  Chaos happened to keep drawing double which he couldn’t satisfy.  This made him draw too, but it also kept pulling Confetti out of range of a quick win.  If nothing else, Chaos bought himself time.

Finally, Chaos regained the lead.  The game stayed pretty close, but in the end, the final play went to Chaos, who emptied his hand of dominos.  He would live to play at least one more game.

Game 2 Winner: Chaos

Game 3 – 

Game three started with both players scrambling out of the gate.  I moments they both whittled their available dominos down to three or four.  Then, the slow march toward victory ensued.  Chaos and Confetti placed some of the pieces they drew, but they also found themselves holding on to a few.  Suddenly Confetti started placing pieces while Chaos stayed mostly stuck in place.  

Confetti went down to one piece.  Chaos finally drew a piece he could put down.  Of course, it could only go on the pubic Mexican train, and of course, it was exactly what Confetti needed to see.  

Confetti snapped her final piece into place, and then took her place on the top of the winner’s podium.

Game 3 Winner: Confetti

Your winner and STILL C&C Clash Champion: Confetti!!

Chaos’ Post-Clash Thoughts:

I really thought we’d get our final epic showdown next week, and I might emerge as the comeback kid.  Sigh.  Well, I guess I can still try to end the year on a win.

Confetti’s Post-Clash Thoughts:

I can’t believe I will be the overall weekly clash winner for the year! It’s a big accomplishment and I’m so excited I managed to hang on to it. I am the Champion! 🙂 

New Standings:

Post-Clash Standings:

  • Weekly Winner: 24 Chaos – 26 Confetti
  • Individual game wins: 73 Chaos – 67 Confetti – 1 Draw

Next Week: Boop

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