SR: GSG 07/29/2003
- GSG 07/29/2003
ATTENDEES: (15) Mark, Matt, Phil, Ralph, Steve, Richard, Richard's
nephew Mike, Ben, James, Brian, Rich, Rich's friend Chris?, Eric,
Bruce, Bruce's friend Penny.
GAMES PLAYED: Chinatown, Goldland, High Society, Ra, Buzzword, Zirkus
Flohcati, Carcassonne, BANG!, Katzenjammer Blues x2, Acquire, maybe
WOW! Another double digit turnout at the Edwards abode. What could
explain the high turnouts the past three weeks? Is it the gracious
host? The impressive game collection? The wonderful food and
drink? The stellar comraderie? The excessive whining? Nope, I
think it must be the air conditioning.
Comments on games that I played:
CHINATOWN: Ben, Phil, Richard, Mike
This was the first time playing for everyone except me. We had a
false start, as our attempt to play using the Westbank Gamer's
variant was causing confusion. ** We reset and played by the actual
rules, and had a fun time with this negotiation game. I think
everyone except Mike had a 4+ business completed by the third (of
six) turns. Ben received a windfall of cash due to the #6 card being
drawn during the fifth round, which paid him $1000 for each #6 tile
that he had on the board. Ben took the win, 132K, 120K, 116K, 92K.
** Ben managed to acquire two additional cards during the first turn,
which he wanted to hold onto. However, on the next turn he could
only fill his hand to five cards, meaning that he would only get one
extra card while the other players got more. He didn't think this
was fair, and as I had never played this variant I wasn't sure what
the real ramifications would be. Sure, he could've discarded up to
two cards, but he didn't feel that he was gaining anything by
acquiring the extra lots if all he could do was discard them. Has
anyone else tried this variant?
GOLDLAND: Ben, Phil, Richard, Mike
Again, this was the first time playing for everyone except me.
Richard was the most efficient explorer, being able to find a mostly
direct path to the amulets without adventures cluttering up the
path. He never used any exploration tokens, and ended the game with
eight of them. Both he and Mike reached the goal in the same turn,
and thus collected additional gold. Ben and I, however, were both
mired in a maze of adventures, which slowed us down a bit. However,
we were able to discover more treasures and higher value adventures
than the others. These treasures made the difference, as Ben took
the win. If I had used a couple of exploration markers instead of
picking up another rope, I would've had enough movement to end the
game one turn sooner, and would've tied Ben. Woulda, coulda,
shoulda. The final scores were 18, 17, 15, 13.
HIGH SOCIETY: Mark, Phil, Eric
Eric had not played this game before, so Mark explained the rules,
and suggested that he use "the force" when deciding when and what to
bid. This is the same mystical strategy that Mark uses while playing
Ra. Well, the vile dog threw us for a loop and actually THOUGHT
while playing, and actually kept track of precisely how much money
Eric was spending. As Eric reported earlier, Mark took the win,
spending $1000 less than Eric spent, while picking up a couple more
tiles than me. Curse you, you thinking bastard!
Thanks again, Mark, for hosting this shindig.
There will NOT be a road show next week -- the GSG will instead meet
at Mark's house.
- At 04:41 PM 8/1/2003 +0000, Phil Alberg wrote:
>GSG 07/29/2003Thanks Eric and Phil for the excellent reports! I love reading another
>ATTENDEES: (15) Mark, Matt, Phil, Ralph, Steve, Richard, Richard's
>nephew Mike, Ben, James, Brian, Rich, Rich's friend Chris?, Eric,
>Bruce, Bruce's friend Penny.
>GAMES PLAYED: Chinatown, Goldland, High Society, Ra, Buzzword, Zirkus
>Flohcati, Carcassonne, BANG!, Katzenjammer Blues x2, Acquire, maybe
perspective on a SR I've attended. I actually meant to get a SR out
Thursday but got caught in a meeting and today is a total washout (I'm
doing a Mr. Mom stint with my 3 kids, plus 2 of my buddy's kids, plus the
damn dog. On top of that Norton Antivirus hoses your DHCP Client service
when you uninstall it. It only took me a few hours to figure out wtf that
was all about.
Marracash: Ralph, Matt, Steve and Mark
Matt won going away after securing the one and only yellow shop for a
cheap price. Not until the next day did I notice that there are 4 more
yellow shoppers than any other color. Doh!
Matt's comment, "Not bad for a Steffan Dora game". I'd like to play
this game a couple of times within a few weeks to see where it falls on the
scale. I'm also tempted to tweak it (if only adding a few meeples to the mix).
Ra: Chris, James, Brian, Rich and Mark
Very good game of Ra where I got lucky in the second epoch allowing my
piddly tiles pay off handsomely. The scores after mine were
clustered. Chris (Rich's buddy) was new to the game but did a great job of
it. I always find it kind of fun exploring and explaining Ra's inner
workings with an inquisitive new comer.
I played this twice, once with 4 and the second time with 6. Funky is
the best adjective I can come up with. I'll have to hunt down a copy or
bribe Eric into toting his copy to more sessions.
The 15 gamers is definitely a record for GSG. It was an unofficial
"Bring your Buddy" night. We had folks gaming in the game room, the
kitchen and the dining room.
"Just look at him. Square. The shape of *EVIL*" - Plankton