SR: Visit with the DC Gamers
- Prior to spending Turkey Day with my family on LI, I was down in the DC area
on vacation, and I had the opportunity to catch up with the DC Gamers for
one of their weekly sessions. Since I got to play some of the essen games
that haven't got much play/press time in this area, I thought I'd share some
brief thoughts on them.
Princes of the Renaissance:
This one has seen some play in the Boston Area. It was my 4th time playing,
and my 5th time teaching. I still have yet to win, and still really enjoy
the game, but a 3 hour game played 4 times in a month has pushed me close to
burn-out. Maybe in mid to late December, I'll be ready for it to return to
Le Pass Trappe:
Played this 4 or 5 times. It's a 2-player dexterity game, that lasts about
10 minutes. Published by the same company that does Pitch Car (the
carabande repeat). Each player starts with 5 wooden discs, about the size
of noc hockey. Each side has a large elastic band that stretches along the
back wall. A wooden barrier is down the middle of the board, with a hole in
the center that is just big enough to allow the discs through. Players
shoot simultaneously, first one to have no discs on their side wins. It
takes a game or two to get used to the shooting. Supposedly the guy selling
the game at Essen was so good, he could win the game blind-folded. Funagin
has it listed at $80. At half that price I'd pick it up without thinking.
Considering the game is almost completely dice driven, there is still a
considerable amount of strategy and planning that can be done. The dice
drive pretty much everthing in the game. You use the dice as to buy company
shares, to build track, to collect income. I enjoyed the game, and would
still enjoy it, even if I hadn't won. The consensus among the other players
was that a 3 player game would allow more control than our 4 player game.
An auction game about operating a seafood restaurant. Fish are auctioned
off each round, that players use to feed their customers and generate more
cash. We aborted the game early as the other table was finished and it was
time to consolidate to a single table. We didn't fully understand the way
the game worked in the first round, so the bidding was a bit chaotic. I'd
like to try it again to completion, now that I understand how it all works.
Not new, just a classic. I came in second in a 6 player game. One of the
two newbies took the win.
The new version. We played a 4-player game with each dealing once. I
haven't played the new version enough to decide if I like the newer card
distribution yet, but I think that I do. I still think that you need at
least 2 deals each, or to play to a set point value to let the skill at the
game override the luck involved in only 3 or 4 hands.
I hope everyone has a good Turkey Day....
I'm returning to my vacation.
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