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In today's game, Kathy went long on major improvements. She got a fireplace very early and fed her family a lot of sheep throughout the game. She picked up the well about Round 8 or so, and very late picked up the stone oven just for the points. She also renovated to a three-room stone house in the last round. For my part, I got the grain farming going and picked up the clay oven early, so my family was eating a lot of baked bread for most of the game. I got a jump on building rooms to the house and grew the family, and hoarded wood to build a lot of fences for animal breeding. I never picked up a fireplace or cooking hearth, however, so I could never cook animals or vegetables. I did pick up the basketmaker's workshop when I renovated to a four-room clay hut.
In the end I won by a single point, by virtue of having two leftover reed to gain a bonus point from the basketmaker's workshop. It was anybody's game all the way through, and we were both happy with the way we played. This is still one of my very favorite games of all.