Just back from B&N gaming. Great to see the semi-regular crew
there. Jenn was able to join us tonight - good to see her back
to the B&N after an absence of a couple months. The rest were
quite similar to the weeks before - great to see Ron, Campbell,
Pete, Matt H, Mark and Alison (minus David who was not feeling so
well tonight - feel better soon!). So we had 8 and broke into
tables of 4 each.
One table played Euphrat & Tigris - a close contest which I
gather Jenn won by a single point. Ratings were very high.
The table I was at got to try Cartenega which is a bit of a cross
between Hare & Tortoise and Reiner Knizia's Tutankhamen. A good
game but very light with a thin theme at best. But it was
enjoyable for 45 minutes and the pirate Alison, pirate Matt and
pirate Dave (with Captain Pete watching) set out to move out
little bowling pins (what the heck were those wooden bits
supposed to represent? Some help here Alison?) Anyway, the
object is to play cards to move your six little wooden bits
through the board from start to finish (the end is a cool little
cardboard boat). But you don't have nearly enough cards - so
often you must move your little dobbers back some number of
squares to retrieve more cards. This continues until you get all
your guys safely into the boat. Pirate Alison was the winner - I
was close behind. Pirate Matt had to walk the plank. We all
enjoyed it as a very light game - nothing terribly deep here
folks. I look forward to playing again.
Since the E&T game was still in progress (Ron and Campbell were
still learning the difference between internal and external
conflicts - hehheh) we added Pete and played Carcassonne.
Another fun outing - although the others kept claiming I was
winning even though half-way though the game I was still on the
zero-space on the scoring track (others were in the 20's).
Somehow I did manage to make a strong effort with my farmers -
but it didn't pay off. Alison won again - followed closely by
Matt, then Pete and yours truly was last.
By the way, this was my 500th game of 2000!! Whoo-hooo!!
(although I didn't realize it until just now).
Lastly, the tables swapped up and Pete left our table to join the
Union Pacific game. Since Ron and Campbell also needed to come
up to speed on this - they only managed 3 out of 4 scoring rounds
but everyone enjoyed it.
Matt, Alison and I played Euphrat and Tigris. One of the largest
scoring games I've ever seen. Good battles and we played quite
smoothly and quickly - just about 80 minutes of actual game time.
A good end to the evening. Alison won narrowly with 15 points to
my 13 and Matt at 12. A fine contest and a game that seems to be
tireless for most of us. Ratings were solid 9 and 9.5's.
Great night all - hope to see you next week!
(South Shore Gamers)