SOG SR: Sudbury, 8/30
- We had eight people at Rob's in Sudbury last night:
Chris, Lewis, Vitas, Mike, Jessica (Mike's daughter), Andy, Rob and
myself. Thanks to Rob for hosting.
I got there as Mike, Jessica, Vitas, Rob and Andy were getting ready
to play Pack of Flies. Sicne it was to be a short game, I encouraged
them to go ahead, allowing me to watch without actually having to
play. It's essentially a blind bidding game with a Call My
Bluff-style mechanism. People hold some number of plastic flies in
their hands and guess how many total flies are in play. Best guess
wins whatever bonus card is up for grabs at that point (possibly worth
points, negative points for someone else, or special powers), but
everyone loses whatever flies they've bid in any case. Final score is
bonus cards plus whatever flies you've taken.
I like the other Philippe des Pallieres game I've played (Meine
Schafe, Deine Schafe/La Guerre des Moutons/Wooly Bully), but I have to
say I was quite glad to not be involved in this one. Not for me.
Jesica won with good bonus cards and a few flies held in reserve.
We split into two groups at this point -- Rob, Mike, Jess and I played
Fast Food Franchise, and Lewis, Andy, Vitas and Chris played Sunken
City, which Andy brought.
Fast Food Franchise is, well, a game that is not entirely unlike
Monopoly. Roll dice, move around a track, pay opponents if you land
on their spaces. However, the methods of income generation and
expansin are a lot more interesting and strategic. It's still a game
with a lot of randomness, but I enjoyed it a lot more than any game of
Monopoly I've ever played. Rob got a good starting position when he
locked up a triple-market chain with the Family Style restaurant. He
went on to expand this chain to its maximum size of 14 franchises,
whcih was generating a *lot* of income by game end. Mike and I
battled over the Midwest, him with Pizza Express and me with Burger
Brothers. Mike got the early connections and for a while it was
looking like he was going to win. Jessica opened Steak and Salads in
the Pacific Northwest, but was unable to raise much income from it.
Jesica was the first to be eliminated -- she had to sell off a lot of
her franchises to pay for an expensive Burger Brothers visit, and then
a trip to Rob's exorbitant Family Style bankrupted her. Next out was
Mike, who had excellent income production potential but was once again
knocked out by Rob's union-busting anticompetitive marketeering. I
didn't last much longer. My chains were truly impressive, but landing
on a fully-formed Family Style cost me $182,000, which was enough to
send Rob over the magic $1,000,000 mark. So, technically, I wasn't
eliminated...but Rob was still the winner in any case. It would only
have been a matter of time.
Vitas, Andy, Mike and Chris also managed another game of Pack of Flies
while waiting for us to finish up. No word on the winner of either
We reconfigured -- Rob, Chris, Mike and I played Tichu, while Lewis,
Jess, Andy and Vitas played Ticket to Ride. Rob and Chris spanked us
harshly in Tichu, outbombing us by better than 2 to 1 and calling and
making a few Grands to boot. It was not pretty.
In the meantime, Vitas was the winner of TtR on a tiebreaker.
A couple of games of Bluff followed. I don't remember who won -- I
think it was Mike both times.
Everyone went home except for me, so Rob and I finished off the night
with a game of Tom Tube. This was Rob's first time playing it, and he
seemed to like it fairly well. I was the winner by a scant 2 points,
mostly due to being able to block Rob's path for a couple of turns
while I headed home.
And that was all for that week!