A short session report this time, starting with a single round of
Geschenkt with Brett, Linda, and Eric. I guessed poorly on one card and
had to suck up 26 points, taking me far out of contention. Brett handled
his chips the best, scoring a dozen or so ahead of Linda.
Dave, Sara, Clay, Linda and I played, with me doing the rules for the
sixth or so time. Seems like every time we play this game there's
someone new -- or perhaps it's just that whenever we have someone new,
we turn to Bohnanza.
Sara proved to be incredibly cut-throat, holding the friendly Bohnanza
vibe at bay and giving away cards to one player that she had promised to
another. Despite getting shafted by Sara multiple times, Dave bested the
bean fields with 19 gold.
With 30 minutes to fill before the other table finished Ra, I brought
out Exxtra, a light push-your-luck game in which the five of us rarely
pushed our luck as much as needed to. Sara rolled numbers in the 70s
over and over again, advancing five spaces at a time as the rest of us
chose not to keeping rolling to cut her off. That was our undoing
because by the time she needed only two spaces, none of us could roll
high enough to stop her.
After reorganizing, the table of masochists started on Goa while Brett,
Max, Clay, Linda and I opened galleries and offered up stunning works by
some of the worst artists ever. Max insisted on a house rule of naming
the paintings that you put up for bid, and I think this helped Linda
enjoy the game much more than her first go. Or perhaps she merely got
the game better after the always disastrous learning game that most
auction games require.
That said, Clay (in his first game) and Linda (in her second) came in a
close one-two, 419-411, far ahead of us old pros, who stumbled badly on
many occasions. Okay, I stumbled badly. I thought that I offered good
paintings and received fair value in return, while buying paintings that
always made money, yet I ended up in a solid fifth, barely cracking the
200 mark. Someday I'll figure out how to play this damn game...
W. Eric Martin - TwoWriters.net
"And neither mathematics nor death ever makes a mistake." - Yevgeny Zamyatin