B&N Gaming - July 31, 2000
- Just back from another fine B&N gaming session. Only a small
group of 7 "Unity Gamers" (for lack of a better term) in
attendance (down from 13 last week). There were maybe 6 Scrabble
players also. One women and her young daughter stopped by as we
were playing and muttered - "cool" and then something about
wanting to play a game as they walked by. It didn't hurt that we
had the beautiful Aladdin's Dragons on display.
People gathered rather quickly - after picking up Andrew from the
train station, we were met almost immediately by the steady
gaming couple of David and Alison. Dan showed a few minutes
after as I was in the process of explaining our first short game
of the evening - Lord of the Leprechauns by KRIMSUS. It's a bit
of a fluffy game - each player is trying to assemble a clan of 4
members to be the most powerful clan and claim the right of
"chieftain" to replace the now deceased former chieftain. You
can draft Leprechauns , blind draw Leprechauns and trade with
another player for Leprechauns. You roll a dice when there is a
contested draft of a Leprechaun. Ho hum... not much really
happens, lots of Leprechauns walk by - you snag some, club others
and generally finish the round with a thud (or in Alison's case,
a bang). Generally we didn't feel any great sense of
accomplishment with this game - the only person who did well was
Alison who finished at twice my score. David finished just a
point behind me, then Dan and Andrew actually managed to finish
with a negative score (!!). It's not a great game and I'm
disappointed to have spent 8 bucks on it. I might try to modify
it a bit and make it a 2 player game (where trades with another
player are randomly drawn) just to try and squeeze my $$ out of
it. Ratings were all near 5 (which is kind).
During our game, Pete and Jonathan played a couple games of
Herald and Zeus. Jonathan really likes the game and gave it high
marks. Pete felt it was an OK game - giving it a fair but decent
mark. It's basically Stratego with cards - and I've enjoyed the
few games I've played, but need additional playings to really see
if it will shine up.
David went to browse the bookstore for a bit - and Alison and
Jonathan played a game of Herald and Zeus while the rest of us
played Aladdin's Dragons. I set about explaining the rules to
Andrew, Pete and Dan and soon we were competing for treasures,
spells and a place in the dinjin's house! Battle the guards
proved difficult as we always seemed to be going up against large
valued tiles. Other than the first and last turns, most of the
treasures were very slim pickings - often causing us to fight
hard for the few good spots in the dungeon caves. Spells were
largely negated throughout the game until near the end when Pete
managed to sneak a few on us. Andrew had one killer turn where
he planned really well and managed to take 2 or 3 victory
artifacts. Pete used some good spell combinations on the final
round to take the last scroll from my clutches - and he knew we
were close on tiles (scrolls break ties). In the end, Andrew and
Dan tied to share the victory, and Pete bested me with one extra
scroll to break out tie. My first loss in this game, but my
rating has actually gone up (I'm not a fan of this game - the
mechanics are just not my cup of tea). Ratings from the others
were all 8's. Great bits too!
During our game of AD - the other three players sat for a game of
Members Only. This is Reiner Knizia's game of bidding and
bluffing and predicting of events. It's rather simple and I
think it's one of his lesser known but better titles. It's very
abstract, but they tried to put some theme on top of the game
where you are allowed into the Members Only club if you can
predict the events better than your opponents. You have a
measure of control over the events as the cards are played from
your hand - but you must watch what your opponents are betting on
and where they are playing their event cards. Clever. Jonathan
seems to really like the game, David and Alison were a bit more
lukewarm. Jonathan won followed by Alison and then David.
That's basically it. We finished by 9:40 and were out by 9:50
(and I even managed to buy a book at the end of the evening).
Several people glanced over at the games and seemed intrigued.
There was a group of young ladies talking about some book (or
something literature related) and peeked over quite a bit. Maybe
they were just eyeing Andrew - who knows! hehehe....
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- My thoughts on the games...
> Lord of the Leprechauns by KRIMSUS...Generally we didn't feel any great senseof accomplishment with this game...Ratings were all near 5 (which is kind).
That pretty much says it all. I think I gave it a 6 and on the way home
thought that was 2 points too many.
> Aladdin's Dragons.Now this is my kind of game. I know the blind bid thing isn't for everyone
(I gather that Mark in particular disdains it), but I really enjoy this
mechanism. A good twist on it in A.D.--that you bid all your tokens at once
on several different kinds of booty. Although each round of the game
follows the same sequence, I didn't feel that the game play got too
repetitive because your primary bidding goals change as the game moves
along. I did feel like it may have gone a round or two too long, but that
probably had more to do with my hopes to get a third game in before the
store closed than with any fault of the game. I think we also forgot to
leave out some Victory Tokens for a 4-player game, which would have
shortened it a bit.
> During our game of AD - the other three players sat for a game ofDidn't play, but this looks fun.
> Members Only.
An enjoyable session.