ATTENDEES: Mark, Phil, oBob, Gary, Tory, James, yBob, Bill
GAMES PLAYED: Kremlin, Tobago, Fzzzt!, Money, ???
Mark hosted GSG at his home in South Attleboro. We were glad that
yBob wasn't suffering too much from jet lag after his recent trip to
Essen. Thank you, Bob, for picking up my copy of Aladdin's Dragons
KREMLIN: oBob, Mark, Gary, Tory, Bill
I don't know any details about this game. Heck, I've never played it,
yet it's been played at GSG 2 - 3 times at recent sessions. I believe
Comrad Bob won the game.
TOBAGO: Phil, James, yBob
Bob returned from Essen with three new games, and I was anxious to
give this one a try, so we shucked and punched this game. Players are
trying to discover treasures on the island of Tobago. There are four
possible treasures, each of which may be discovered multiple times
during the course of the game. The map, which can be configured in 32
different possibilities, shows an island with a hexagonal grid
comprising five different types of areas -- sand, savannah, forest,
mountain, and lake. There are also four huts, three statues, and
three palm trees placed on the board. Each turn a player may either
play a card that narrows the possible locations of a treasure, or may
drive their jeeple about the island. A player places a token on each
card that they play. Once the treasure has been pinpointed, the first
player to drive their jeeple there adds another marker to the line of
deduction cards. Treasure cards (of values from 2 to 6) are then
drawn and divied out (but beware the skull & crossbones (S&C) cards
which nullify treasures). The last person to take a treasure cards
places a new deduction card to start the next treasure. Amulets,
which afford extra moves, reduce treasure possibilities, and provide
protection from the S&C, are placed along the coast where the statues
are facing, and then the statues pivot 60 degrees. The game ends when
the treasure deck is exhausted. The player with the most treasure
In our session James took a commanding lead early on, as he
single-handedly determined the location of a treasure which he was
able to sieze. Bob and I were content early on in "wetting our beaks"
in the other three treasures. I drew the first S&C card, but luckily
it was the last treasure card to be awarded, and I had an amulet that
canceled its affects. James soon uncovered the other S&C, but because
he had used both of his amulets to pinpoint the treasure, he had to
suffer its affects, and so lost his coveted 6pt treasure. This
tightened things up considerably. Bob ended the game by pinpointing
and driving to the last treasure. I had 1 6pt card, 3 5pt cards, and
several 4pt, 3pt, and 2pt cards for a total of 46pts, which was enough
for the win. Final scores were something like: 46, 38, 34.
I really enjoyed this game, and soon placed an order at
Gamesurplus.com. I like the deduction aspects of the game, the
modular board that provides a vast set of layouts, and the tactical
uses of the amulet tokens. I can't wait to play it again!
FZZZT!: yBob, Phil, James
This is a new card game in which players blindly bid for machines or
resources that can be used to power machines. These resources may
also be used as currency to acquire other cards, although all cards
used in this manner may be collected and used in future turns. The
machines provide VPs if a player can provide the required set of
resources at game end, and may be used mutliple times if multiple sets
of resources can be provided. Each resource card by itself also
provides VPs. The game ends after 5 rounds, with the player with the
most points winning.
James seemed to acquire many of the high-powered resources early in
the game, while I won a 13pt machine and Bob won a smattering of other
cards. There are some negative point cards in the deck, which James
and I seemed to split. Bob managed his resources well, and at
game-end was able to power his 9pt machine 3 times, and coupled with
his other machines earned another 11points. The individual cards
earned him 26pts for a total of 62. I managed to power my 13pt
machine twice, and with my other machines I also earned a total of
38pts. However, my individual cards, which included a couple of -1pt
cards, only netted me 18pts for a total of 56. James ended with about
42 points. This is a clever little game that I'd like to play again.
MONEY: Mark, Gary, Tory, Bill
After oBob left, the other table played this quick filler. I don't
know who won, nor do I know what game was played next, as I left at
Thank you for hosting, Mark!
The next GSG session will be at Anthony's house in Cumberland on
03-Nov. Please let him know if you will be attending.
ALSO: Elliscon XXI will be occurring on Saturday 14-Nov in Danielson,
CT. This all-day event, held at the Ellis Technical High School,
features gaming in several genres, including board games, miniatures,
roleplaying, and wargames. It draws about 100 people. More
information can be found on their web site:
Eastern MA Gaming
"When the whole world fits inside of your arms
Do we really need to pay attention to the alarm?"
- Jack Johnson
"When playing a game the goal is to win, but it is the goal that is
important, not the winning."
- Reiner Knizia