Hi everyone, I just wanted to give an update on the new board gamming group in the Pleasanton area. We are currently meeting on Tuesdays at 6:30. If you areMessage 1 of 2 , May 7, 2003View Source
I just wanted to give an update on the new board gamming group in the Pleasanton area. We are currently meeting on Tuesdays at 6:30. If you are interested in joining us, please reply to this mailing list.
I’m going to try and put together a small session report, just to show the kinds of games we are playing. It will also give me a chance to give my opinion, though I do not know how interesting it will be. The person with their name surrounded by asterisks is the winner of the game. Yes, I know. I stole that from the SVB, so shoot me. If anyone else wants to post their opinions about these games, please feel free to speak up.
Carcassonna w/ River, Second, and Traders and Builders expansions (Mike, Sean, *Jeff*, Sterling):
This was my first time playing Carcassonna and boy did it show. I don’t think I could have done worse if I had been blindfolded and dropped my meeples(sp?) on the tiles. Early on, I had a chance to place a cathedral in a city that I had the most meeples in and spent the rest of the game desperately trying to finish that city off, an endeavor which I ultimately failed at. Meanwhile, Sean took an early lead by finishing a couple of small to medium size cities, only to be passed by both Mike and Jeff when they shared the scoring on the one large city that was able to be completed, giving Jeff majority control in all three comodities. After a rather deft and cruel move where he combined two farmlands into one extra large farmland (and taking control of the bigger section from Mike and myself), Jeff won the game with a whopping 171 points. I came in at a measly 74.
I like what this game has done with the basic concepts from Entdecker. Juggling when to put a meeple in a town, road, or field adds depth to the game. I kind of wish I had played just the basic game once to get the feel for the basic strategies. The extra stuff is interesting, but things like the commodities, which I collected none of, were kind of lost on me as I was struggling to complete a city that I would get no points for otherwise due to that stupid cathedral. I definitely want to play it again. I now know I shouldn’t put all my hopes in one large city again, though if the chance arrives I probably will. I’m just dumb that way. J
Give Me the Brain (Mike, Sean, Jeff, *Sterling*):
Thank you Cheapass Games! It’s good to know I can win simpler, more luck driven games even after being humiliated by almost being lapped twice on the Carcassonne scoring track. Mike had the new color edition of this with decent cardstock and a bunch of new cards. For a bunch of zombies, we all were pretty good at holding onto the brain during difficult tasks. I only remember it being dropped once or twice because someone rolled too small a number. Nope, here most of the brain swaps were caused by cards like Whoops and Butterfingers. I got lucky and got to the point where I had just a Whoops (which I used to get the brain) and a one handed brain card and was able to win the game.
Next to Lord of the Fries, this has got to be my favorite Cheapass Game. I’m glad they finally made a set that can stand up to repeated play better than the cardboard cards do. I also like some of the things they have added to the game. There are a bunch of new “object” cards (like the third hand in the original game) that you use and their effects stay in play for the rest of the game. This game we saw a Mop (the owner of which can not win and has to loaf off a round to pass it to another player), a thinking cap (which gives the owner +2 on his die rolls for using the brain), and a rat and dog brain (which can be used to perform actions requiring a brain, but travel to another player when you use it).
Well, that’s it for this week. Our next meeting will be Tuesday May 13th.
... Ah, I think we did it first in the *old* TVB, so no need to feel bad. :-) ... I d kind of sworn off Cheapass Games for a long time, but just last weekend IMessage 1 of 2 , May 8, 2003View SourceSterling wrote:
> The person with their name surrounded by asterisks is the winner of theAh, I think we did it first in the *old* TVB, so no need to feel bad. :-)
> game. Yes, I know. I stole that from the SVB, so shoot me.
> Next to Lord of the Fries, this has got to be my favorite Cheapass Game.I'd kind of sworn off Cheapass Games for a long time, but just last weekend
I got roped into a game of Light Speed, which was really fun.