I guess it's time for me to chime in with my UG6 session report.
Unfortunately, I left my notes at home, and my ability to use the
computer is somewhat limited by a witch I work with, so I take what I
can get when I can get it.
That said, here's what I remember. I apologize in advance to those
people whose names I've forgotten- I wrote 'em down!
Expedition- Phil, 2 other guys, and me. I thoroughly enjoyed this
game- there are a lot of "little" things that you can do to really
extend your turn. I took advantage of the green "place an extra
arrow" spaces as much as possible, combining them with closing a loop
whenever I could. I liked picking up arrows that had been played
immediately after a green spot, thereby getting a double use out of
the green spot. Ditto for the red spot.
My German is rusty, but I'm looking forward to getting my own copy
and trying to "read" the cards. We decided that this game was
TransAmerica on steroids.
A Game of Thrones- Jonathan, 3 other guys, and me. I hadn't really
heard of this game, since I skip commentary on games I'm not familiar
with (it tends to confuse me otherwise). I had no idea how long it
was, but I liked it. Again, there was quite a bit of subtlety
involved in making your moves. My typical strategy of playing
the "nice gal in the corner" worked for a while, so I didn't do too
badly. That is, until someone pointed out I had 5 cities. Then I
got beat up.
At this point, it was 3:30, and those of us who had played A Game of
Thrones were all starving, so we attempted to dine at Naked Fish, but
they didn't open until 4pm. The hotel cafeteria and lounge also
didn't open until 4pm, so I watched some folks I knew playing
Wallenstein (? I think that's what it was called) until someone
yelled out that they needed one more player for a game.
Zoff in Buffalo- Jonathan (who I think was also killing time until
food was available), a 15-year old girl who could've passed for a bit
older, her father, someone else, and me. This was a cute game,
although the bits were so small, I was sure I'd lose them. Luckily,
I didn't lose any, and I think I ended up winning the game with just
5 cows left. I have no idea what I did, but it was fun. This game
was interrupted for prize distribution, but we had all just chosen
the number of cows to put in which fields, so the timing was pretty
I was one of the lucky few to get a prize, and I picked up Queen's
Necklace, which I've been debating about buying for some time. After
prizes were distributed and the cows were put to bed, I got dinner in
Settlers of the Stone Age- Phil, Glenna (?), some guy, and me. We
didn't finish this game, due to several of us wanting to play in
Sound Decisions. However, the guy had a definite lead over the rest
of us when we called it.
Sound Decisions- Phil, 2 other guys, and I were on a team. This was
a lot of fun, and our team came in 2nd. I now have several songs
stuck in my head, and even though they don't go together, my mind has
jumbled them all together. Our team worked very well together, and
we had fun while we were at it.
I mean, we all knew that Michael Jackson kidnapped the Lindbergh baby.
I forget what the real answers were, but I was convinced the one guy
said Ted Nugent for an answer, and Dead Meeples for another.
Quandary- Mark, two other guys, and me. This was a great game, and
the first game I've found where tile counting didn't annoy me. Now
that I know what I'm doing, I'd like to play Mark again.
Grape Escape- Zack, Brian, 1 other guy? 2 other guys? and me. I love
this game. So what if it's a kid's game: it's still fun. They need
an expansion, complete with a guillotine, a noose, and a dart board
type thing. It seemed like we had a rather large audience while we
were playing. Play-doh attracts.
There were other games I would have liked to play sometime during the
day, but there's always UG7, right?