I really enjoying playing Alhambra, but I'm a bit worried that my strategy may be overly simplistic. Basically, I play according to the following principles:
- Try not to build buildings unless I can pay exactly for them, except in emergencies
- Prefer to pick up several small currency cards over one large one
- Prefer to pick up a currency card that will help me buy a building for exact money
- Walls are good, staying competitive in different colours is good, taking too big a lead in buildings of any one colour is unnecessary
And these rules of thumb work pretty well to give me a fair chance of winning the games of Alhambra I play.
What I don't know is, what do in a game where the above strategy isn't winning the game for me? I'm playing a game online at the moment where one player just raced ahead of everyone else really early one. I guess his starting currency cards were a really good match for the buildings that were available early and all his tiles were unusually cooperative in allowing him to build a really good wall. (Either that or he's just a much better Alhambra player than the rest of us - always a possibility!)
So I'm finding my above strategy isn't very enjoyable in a game where a player is miles ahead. Therefore: is there a way of adapting my Alhambra methods to aggressively "go after" another player who is doing rather too well? Or is Alhambra just one of those unfortunate games where a player developing an early lead is overwhelmingly likely to win?