B20 June 1, 2001
Attendance: Campbell, Scott, Brian, Terry, Nick, Craig, Max and new
Games Played: Dragon's Gold, Ohne Furcht und Adel, Overthrone,
Bohnanza and Wyatt Earp (No Board games played!)
Dragon's Gold : Bruno Faidutti's latest release of negotiation hit
the table first for the original 6 who showed up. I explained the
easy instructions with help from Campbell and Brian. This is a light
treasure dividing game ruled by the 1-minute timer. After playing one
of your 4 character cards of, values 1-4, onto one of the 4 dragons
(loaded with treasure amount dictated by the dragon's card), you add
up the value of all other characters on the dragon and see if it
equals or exceeds the dragon's value. If it does any additional
treasure is added per the dragons card. The timer is started and all
parties that had characters on the dragon try to divvy up the jewels
in a way that every body agrees to. If negotiations fail the treasure
is lost from the game. We actually had no failed negotiations, though
Terry pushed Brian and me to the brink once (he got what he wanted,
but we were wary of treasuring with him again). Craig ended up
killing a huge dragon all by himself, because it had the Cursed Black
Diamond. During further negotiations he took all the gold and silver
items and let the rest sort the colored gems (the black diamonds make
all colored jewels worthless to the owner, but is worth 15 points).
He traded during the marketplaces with everyone and ended up
accumulating an impressive amount of gold and silver. He crushed us.
The only one who came close was Brian with a try to get the most of a
few colors strategy.
Scores: Craig 59, Brian 43, Scott 28, Campbell 24, Max 20, and Terry
Ohne Furcht und Adel: It was Bruno's night at B20. This favorite was
pulled out because Nick joined us making the group size 7. With
Campbell's assistance, I explained the basics of the games. We
decided to shorten the game to 7 city districts (from the normal 8).
A lot of assassinating and thieving went on as we struggled to get
our city districts into play. Always fun with the proper banter "I'm
so losing' and `He's so winning' `Kill the handler' `Rob the builder'
Craig, once again, mastered quickly a new game and thrashed us. Good
Scores: Craig 25, Campbell + Max 17, Scott + Terry 16, Nick 13
Overthrone: New Guy John joined us as Craig and Max left for the
evening. This was the first play for all of us of Frank DiLorenzo's
card game of the French Revolution. The rules are a bit muddled but
by reading the FAQ on R&R's website and Mik S.'s excellent review, we
dove into the game. A few questions cropped up and the group did what
seemed to be right by the rules. I can see how it would take a few
plays to get the feel for the game flow, but it is well worth it.
This is basically a game of back stabbing and stealing. I found it to
be great light fun. The game changes so fast from turn to turn it is
hard to know who is winning. The present leader is always a target so
it might be best to lay back a little and point out how others are so
winning. The chaotic nature and with the proper banter amongst the
gamers make this a great filler. Most reviews were favorable, with
two rating it at 7, two at 6, one 4 (due to the rules being unclear)
and one unsure how to rate it (being new to euro style games, he had
nothing to compare it to).
I will right a full review and post it to Funagain (my first!).
Scores: Campbell 112, Nick 77, John 76, Brian + Scott 73, Terry 50
Bohnanza: Bean farming again was seen in Bridgewater. Terry and New
Guy John had never played this Unity Games staple. A quick
explanation of the rules and the trading began. The rules stated that
for 6 players 4 cards a turn are drawn. None of us remembered playing
this way, but it certainly sped up the game.
In the end we had a 3-way tie for first and 2 tied for second 1 point
Scores: Campbell + Nick + Scott 12, Brian + John 11, Terry 9
It was midnight as the crew packed up to leave, but I am evil at
heart and corrupted two their souls to stay for one more game of
Wyatt Earp. Though to be truthful, it is not hard at all to find
people willing to play this great card game.
Wyatt Earp: It was late so game details are fuzzy. I know Nick jumped
out to a huge 1st round lead. Nick scored $14,000 to Brian and my
puny $3,000. Second round Brian and I suppressed Nick as much as we
could with Hideouts and kept him from going out. Nick ended round 2
at $20,000, with Scott at $14,000 and Brian right behind me. Round 3
started with the Sundance Kid carrying $8-9,000 left over from round
2, so the fight centered on him. I spent most of the round trying to
figure a way to keep Nick under the $25,000 finish line. It became
apparent we could not do that. When I ended the round I knew Nick had
hit $25,000 exactly and figured he had the game. I must have been
tired because I had ignored my own score. As we divide the rewards I
noticed I was doing quite well. This is now my new strategy for Wyatt
Earp, suppress your foes and ignore
your own score. Note this may only work at 1 A.M.
Scores: Scott 30, Nick 25, and Brian 18??
It was 1:30 A.M. and we really wrapped it up for the night. Great
games, great people in Bridgewater once again. Thanks to Dave T. for
the hall space. Dave even made an 11:00 P.M. run back to the Scholars
store for some late night purchasing by Campbell (Dragon's Gold) and
Nick (Seafarers). Thanks again Dave!
Your tired session reporter,