Since Dave B. is still busy with his new house, I
thought I'd do him a big favor and post a session
report for our gaming tonight. There will be many
gaps and details missing, for reasons that may become
Attendance: Dave B., Dave F., David, Pete, and Eric.
I do not know all the last names, yet. Sorry.
The first game was called Rheinlanders, I believe.
I'm probably misspelling it. Peter had not arrived,
so it was just the four of us. The game involves
putting down knights (little cardboard shields) on
numbered spaces along a river (one would guess the
Rhein. Again, I'm probably misspelling). There are
numbered spaces, churches, and castles along the way
that help with scoring. Basically, it's a territory
game where two opposing territories can merge and the
smaller loses out.
Interestingly enough, there were no territory
conflicts. David captured some high numbered spaces.
Dave B. built a huge territory on the other side of
the river waiting to cross and take over, but never
got the chance. Dave F. and I diversified a little,
coming close to each other but not fighting.
In the end, I won with 41 points. David had about 35.
The two Daves were in the 20s or below, I think.
Pete arrived for the second game, which was Call My
Bluff. Almost every round became a battle of the
stars as bids were quickly turned away from numbers to
stars. Pete managed to do almost everyone in with a
couple of exact calls.
In the end, it was Dave B's one die to my two, and I
had the bid. I ended up winning - again.
The last game of the evening was Wizard, which seems
to be the Official Game of South Shore Gamers. It is
the game that generates the most trash talking, with
Dave B. and I doing most of it. I wanted to get a
real accurate counting of the scores for this game,
but the score sheet somehow disappeared quickly for
What I remember most is my end of the game, of course.
I seemed to get good cards for taking tricks, but had
a hard time figuring how many tricks. I don't think I
was under on any bids, but went over two or three
times. On one hand, with 9 cards I believe, I bid 4
and ended up taking 6. As a result, I looked a little
like this year's Red Sox - in and out of the race.
David gained points steadily, and was leading towards
the end. On the last round, I had 220, and David had
something like 260 or 270. I needed to make a 4 bid
and for David not to make his bid, which is what
happened. I managed to squeeze out a victory with a
little luck and a lot of recklessness. David was just
behind. Peter and Dave F. were also fairly close.
They were both in the 200s, I think. Dave B. - not as
Oh, wait. We played a game before Wizard. I believe
it was called Olympia 2000 B.C. (or the German
equivalent). A fun little game where you have athlete
cards competing in events. I didn't win this one,
which is why it probably got lost in the euphoric blur
of my three other victories this evening. Dave B. did
manage to scrape out the win on this game, based on
some previous knowlege and obviously lucky cards.
Most of the way home I ended up listening to a live
version of Stairway to Heaven. The last note faded
out as I pulled in my driveway. The end of a lovely evening.
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