[SR] Sultry Game Night, 11/18: Bohnanza, Time's Up, Black Vienna, more
- Linda and I had two friends from Brooklyn visiting us, but due to either
poverty or an interest in games, they were up for a trip to Exeter and
an immersion in Sultry Game Night.
After a snack of cheese and crackers, we made the drive out and caught
gamers just before the start of Modern Art. Some shuffling of players
ensued, with some folks starting a six-player Settlers of some variety,
while the rest of us did Bohnanza. The players were Clay, Renae, Alex
R., Max, Linda, and Eric, with the first three being new to the game.
Alex proved to be a hardass trader, making ridiculous offers with a
straight face and turning Max into a bitter sourpuss in the process. Two
blue beans for multiple soy AND something else?! No way.
Still, once the fields were cleared for the final time, Alex managed to
tie for the win with (surprise, surprise) Linda at 14. Linda had looked
quite poor in the early game, but she maxed out two fields and did her
usual wheeling and dealing. I bought a third field early so as not to
waste two red beans, and I more than made back what I spent. Still, I
came in fourth with 12, so I must return to learning at the feet of the
With newbies on hand, I brought out Diamant, and we ran through the
usual paces. Linda died repeatedly, except for one mine in which she and
Renae netted 23 gems each. Renae didn't go empty-handed in other mines,
though, and easily won.
I tried Liar's Dice on the group, and it fell somewhat flat, perhaps
because Linda and I were the only ones with experience, so people made
outrageous bids that blew them out of the game quickly. I believe Alex
bit it first, then Clay. I still had three dice when we got down to
three players, and I kept rolling miracle numbers -- at least three of a
kind -- that let me make outrageous bids that did hold up.
Finally, we pulled Alex K. and Dave away from the just-finished Settlers
game, and while the other four guys (Ray, Jason, Joe, Brett) took on
Black Vienna, the eight of us did Time's Up. Linda normally shies away
from charades-type games, but she and Renae partnered up and Team Whoop
Ass came back from a slow first round to dominate rounds two and three
and win by two points. The dirty celebrity this time? Allen Funt. You
can guess the clues.
We took off after Time's Up despite my puppy dog looks, so the rest of
the night will have to remain a mystery until someone else reports.
W. Eric Martin - TwoWriters.net
"And neither mathematics nor death ever makes a mistake." - Yevgeny Zamyatin