Re: [Unity_Games] SNOB Report
> The first session of Slightly North Of Boston gaming at Your MoveExcellent report Matthew. Thanks for writing it up. We're going to miss
> Games occured last night. In attendance were Dave Rapp, Brian Tivol,
> Matthew and Carrie Gray.
both you and Brian (and Carrie!) at UG1, but I know Dave Rapp will be there
so there will be some representation from all the groups we've now discussed
here on the list.
Just 5 days now - anyone else getting excited about the event?!? I had to
print up another small batch of tickets as turnout may exceed the estimated
batch I printed last month.
http://www.gis.net/~dber (South Shore Gamers)
- SNOB thoughts:
Your Move Games was decent for gaming. We had bunch of tables to
ourselves, although we really only needed one for the four of us.
> We started off with a game of Castle, which I had recently obtained.I've played this 6 times, and that's 5 wins for the player with the
> Dave asserted that whoever gets the Merchant will win, and he
> proceeded to get the Merchant, and win. I think this game is somewhat
Merchant. Most times it would seem most intuitive and obvious to hold the
Merchant, playing him at your last turn to dump two other
denizens. I tried it earlier, and it still helped out. The biggest limit
to this game is having 2 actions. Everyone has that limit. At most you
can place two cards. Clearly the Merchant is more powerful, saving you at
least half a turn to dump your cards.
I really like this game. Lost badly (the only player to really be
'pricked' given the 'friendlier' nature of the game...we'll see how
friendly it stays next time(g)). I really feel that it plays better with
5 than 4...the added cards (with 4 you use 0-11 in five
suits, with 5 you use 0-14 in those suits) and uneven nature of cardplay
make it more enjoyable with an added player.
I liked this, even given the first three or four turns of Groupthink
between Brian and myself. I was afraid Matthew might just run away with
it, but as the game progressed and Brian and I started using
different strategies (Brian went with the hoard one color strategy and win
your auctions during the third round, I went with the constantly score
through dice or point tiles, ignoring gem collection in the hopes of
winning maybe one color given only 3 players). I'd like to try it again,
and maybe with four. I think I initially balked the first time I tried
San Fransisco based on a similar three tile bidding mechanic, simply
because two players would always be tied. If one player has this happen
to them for three turns or more, it really hurts their later chances for
making a run at the win. But unlike San Fransisco, where that can happen
early and you can fall back fairly far, Basari doesn't 'feel' like you
can't catch up. Other than that, the games are pretty different. :)
Yup, I'll defer to Matthew and admit this is a bidding game, that actually
takes the rock/paper/scissors mechanic and makes it playable. I think I
initially described it as a trick taking game given that there are
essentially two auctions or tricks being played simultaneously: 1 for the
warriors and 1 for the number cards. Essentially, higher number cards win
points and warriors who last take the leftover number cards for points
too. Interesting, and plays well with three.
Your Move Games has a pretty nice selection of English-released German
games at this point, and the Pez starters were a bonus at $3 a pop. One
or two may show up at Unity Games this weekend...and a few buddies have
wanted to try it so I'll throw a copy their way. We noticed the new boxed
Cheapass Games, and they led to our discussion of Adlung Spiele...in
particular, how their games cost about the same (and perhaps less) than
Cheapass, but the component quality is much nicer. Ah, German production
costs and values!
- --- In Unity_Games@egroups.com, Matthew Gray <matthew@g...> wrote:
> We started off with a game of Castle, which I had recently obtained.Can you remind me what the Merchant does?? I've only played this a
> Dave asserted that whoever gets the Merchant will win, and he
> proceeded to get the Merchant, and win.
couple of times and don't remember the card.
> Then we played a game Dave had brought "Sticheln"..I have this game. No one would ever play it with me in our small
gaming group in Germany, although it gets rave reviews with the
Germans in general. Glad to hear that you liked it!
> Then, we played Manitou ...My German rules don't mention any tiebreaker at all. They just say,
> Dave and I tied, though Dave said he thought by the tiebreaker I
> won (none of us are fluent in German enough to be certain).
the person with the most points wins. WEAK!
> So, pending discussion onGlad to hear that SNOB was successful! Thanks for the report.
> the list, SNOB@YMG may happen more frequently.
> > We started off with a game of Castle, which I had recently obtained.The Merchant let's you "buy" a third action.
> > Dave asserted that whoever gets the Merchant will win, and he
> > proceeded to get the Merchant, and win.
> Can you remind me what the Merchant does?? I've only played this a
> couple of times and don't remember the card.
> > Then we played a game Dave had brought "Sticheln"..It felt a lot like Schnaeppchen Jagd (which I think I like somewhat
> I have this game. No one would ever play it with me in our small
> gaming group in Germany, although it gets rave reviews with the
> Germans in general. Glad to hear that you liked it!
better) but still much fun.
> > Then, we played Manitou ...We used number of captured Braves as a tie breaker.
> > Dave and I tied, though Dave said he thought by the tiebreaker I
> > won (none of us are fluent in German enough to be certain).
> My German rules don't mention any tiebreaker at all. They just say,
> the person with the most points wins. WEAK!
- A pre-Unity Games I warmup at Holliston tomorrow night, at 7 PM. If you're planning on attending UG I also and don't want to bring stuff that day, you can bring it tomorrow night and stash it in the locker.
I'll be bringing the usual tub o'games, and am open to suggestions if anyone wants to play anything in particular. Mark, if you're coming, I'll have Venture in the game tub.
Hope to see you there.
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