B&N Sep 25, 2000
- Just back from some B&N gaming. The turnout was double last week
- up to 6 gamers. Besides myself we had Mark Edwards, Alison,
David, Andy and Pete present. I met Mark at the door and I
thought it might just be the two of us - but soon David found his
way to the table (we actually thought he might have come without
Alison - but she was lost in the bookstore for a few minutes).
We started with Buried Treasure - a Sid Sackson card game. Not
bad, but not great either. At first it was just David, Mark, and
myself. David went first, then Mark and just as I was about to
play, Andy showed up and so we promptly sat him down in the 3rd
player spot - he hadn't a clue how to play but we got him going
quickly. And he basically crushed us - although Mark made it
close at the end. Not much meat here, but I can see it might get
some more play time in the future as a filler game.
Next we went to Ricochet Robot - this should make Jenn very
unhappy to have missed the session! Very close - we all took
some victory chits with good robot planing. Andy shot out to a
quick lead, but we were on his heels. I actually had the chance
to tie for the lead but missed the bid by one movement -
something I've done a few times before - I call out a number, see
the moves then have a bit of trouble remembering the middle part
of the move! But I still fared well - and it's not from any
natural talent, it's just being pummeled by Jenn 20 times. In
the end, David and Andy tied with 4 chits, and the rest of us had
3 chits (even Mark 'I hate this game' Edwards)!
The tables split. Pete, Mark, Andy and Alison played Rheingold -
looked good but will defer comments to those that played tonight.
David and I decided to try ISI - a game that Alison is probably
going to get in the form of MORISI later in October/November.
These were the two closest games of ISI I've played in some time.
David caught on quickly and was a great opponent. The first game
came down to the 3rd and final tie breaker - and David won just
barely. We enjoyed it enough to play a 2nd game - and this time
all three tie breaks were dead even and so we shared the power of
ISI! Very close - incredible to have two games so closely
matched. I continue to enjoy ISI - I've played it quite a bit
and will probably get a copy of MORISI in the future...
We finished about 9:30 - home in time to watch some Olympics and
write this quick report. Nice to see everyone.
As an aside, it was a year ago that Pete, Dan Miller, Jenn and I
met for the first time at the B&N to play Tikal.
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