ATTENDEES: Phil, Jeff, oBob, Mark, Joseph
GAMES PLAYED: Cities, Tales of the Arabian Nights, King's Breakfast,
We welcomed Jeff Feuer to this GSG session. Jeff was making his
annual sojourn to New England to visit relatives. My son, Joseph,
also joined us for a game.
CITIES: Mark, Jeff, Phil, Bob
We started with this quick game while waiting to see who else would
show up. We played using the medium scoring system, where points are
awarded for buildings, parks, and terraces. I like this game as an
opener, as it takes 10m to play, yet requires a wee bit of forethought
and planning. In a close game, Mark's terrace meeples saw slightly
more water than Jeff's, and he took the win. Final scores were: 36,
33, 32, 26.
TALES OF THE ARABIAN NIGHTS: Joseph, Jeff, Phil, Bob, Mark
We taught Jeff how to play this wonderful story-telling game. I was
Ali-Baba, Jeff was Aladdin, Joseph was the yellow chick, Bob was
Ma'aruf, and Mark was Sindbad. Even though we opted to play a short
game (10pts instead of 20pts), it still took us 2hrs to complete. And
even then, we conceded the game rather than finishing it, as it was
apparent that Joseph was most likely going to win (barring being
whisked away while in Baghdad).
Bob did not have much good fortune. He was wounded for much of the
game, and grief-stricken for over half the game. He was envious for a
while as well, and so attempted to rob every Tom, Dick, and hairy
Camel trader he encountered, which is hard to do if you're grief-
stricken and have no skills. He might have had his sex changed as
well, but thankfully those details are lost to time.
Mark was imprisoned for most of the game. I think he tried to steal a
ring from a pretty girl, but got caught by the bodyguard. He met all
manner of jailers while imprisoned -- ugly ones, mad ones, talkative
ones, etc. He somehow managed to make his escape. I don't remember
what happened next, but I don't think it was good. Like Bob, he did
not progress too far on the destiny and story tracks.
My initial quest was to seek love, which I completed during the second
game turn. While this granted me the title of Vizier and yielded a
wife and riches, it also meant that I had to visit my origin city
after having an encounter in any other city. Also, I was so insanely
rich that my entourage was vast and limited my mobility. I soon
encountered my beloved(?) mage, whom I spurned, and who in turn
pursued me for the rest of the game. I was also beaten up and left
for dead, crippling me and so causing me to travel even slower each
turn. I somehow became scorned, meaning that I had to fulfill a
pilgrimage before I could win. I was limping along the road to Mecca
when the game ended.
Jeff's initial quest was to travel abroad as a gourmet and sample the
food of the world. He seemed to have more fulfilling encounters than
the rest of us, as he amassed a great deal of story and destiny
points. However, he too got married, and subsequently got scorned,
and so had to fulfill a pilgrimage, go to Mecca, and visit the wifey
before he could return triumphantly to Baghdad. He was on his way
back to his wife in Harat when the game ended.
I don't recall Joe's quest, but he was imprisoned for a little while
midway through the game. Heck, everyone but me got imprisoned during
this game. Joe sailed the seas for a while, and then traveled through
Africa. He eventually encountered the Palace of 100 Closets, and had
the good fortune to gain the owner's favor and receive transport via a
roc to any destination within 10 clicks of the palace. At this point
he had just gained the required destiny and story points to win, and
so travelled to Baghdad on the great flying beast. He still needed to
survive an encounter there, and then had to wait until others had
completed one last turn. However, we all felt Joe would win anyway,
and so terminated the game.
KING'S BREAKFAST: Mark, Phil, Jeff, Bob
The king was ready to receive us at his feast, and we were more than
happy to oblige. All seven of the dragons was used in this game, with
each eating two items off of the king's table. Jeff ended the game
with the most cards, but unfortunately had more helpings of two items
(cake and fruit?) than the king, and so scored 0pts for those two
items. Remarkably, Mark and I finished with almost the exact same
helpings and tied for the win. Final scores were: 57, 57, 44, 39.
ZIRKUS FLOHCATI: Phil, Jeff, Mark, Bob
We ended the evening with this traditional GSG closer. Mark and I
each managed to meld three triplets, while Bob had 2 and Jeff had 1 (I
think). The game ended when Mark drew the last card. I squeaked by
Jeff and Mark for the win. Final scores were something like: 70, 63,
The next GSG session will be at Anthony's house on 9/1.