B&N - Sep 3, 2000
- Just back from some fine gaming at the Barnes & Nobels. Eight of
us in attendance - myself, Jenn, Mark, Alison, David, Andrew,
Pete and Jonathan.
We split into 2 tables of 4 players each. Pete, Jonathan, Alison
and David played Mississippi Queen. It got fair marks (6's and
6.5's) - not especially great considering it was the SdJ winner
but not bad marks. I picked it up recently because of the SdJ
status, but realized it's a light race game and so am hoping it
will go over well with family and non-gamer friends. I'll have
to wait and see as I've not played it myself yet!
Our table of Andrew, Mark and Jenn (and myself) played my old 3M
High Big game. I had high hopes that it would be similar to
Modern art. But it failed miserably - gathering some of the
lowest marks I've seen yet. I think it was too repetitive and
really the bidding was not very exciting. By the actual game
rules, Mark won the game about 8 minutes into it - but we kept
playing to see how it would play over a longer stretch - maybe a
mistake. It got mostly 3's ratings and a 1. The average was
slightly below Lord of the Leprechauns and slightly above
splinters under fingernails. Andrew has a Small Bid on High Bid
and I think he is praying to be Out Bid!
After this we swapped gamers and games. Jonathan, Alison, Andrew
and Pete played Euphrat & Tigris. Looked like quite a battle -
Alison won and Jonathan and Andrew had to go to a tie breaker for
2nd place! Marks were mostly very high - Alison(8.5),
Jonathan(10), Andrew(9.5) and Pete(5).
The other table played Robo Rally. We had David-bot, Jenn-bot,
Mark-bot and Dave-bot. I was so confused when I started - ending
up turned the wrong way on the conveyor belt, moving voluntarily
into a pit, firing lasers out my arse-end but had a great time!
I picked up on it after the first few mistakes and really made
some progress. Jenn-bot and David-bot were destroying each other
for most of the game - never straying more than a few squares
from each other. They either pushed, shoved, crashed or lasered
each other for much of the game. Mark-bot shot out to a lead
that we could not catch. He got all 4 flags, David 3 flags and
Jenn and I 2 flags (only one square from the 3rd flag). Close
for the rest of us. No contest for Mark. A really fun game -
David rated it a 10, Mark an 8 and I gave it a 7.5 (but will
probably rise to 8 very soon with a repeated playing). Jenn was
not available for a rating. Can't wait to add the Armed and
Dangerous expansion... hehehe...
Some pictures of the event tonight have been uploaded to the
Unity Games site:
http://www.gis.net/~dber (South Shore Gamers)