SR: SNOB XXIII
- I arrived to find Richard, Jake and David Rapp playing Wyatt Earp.
While they were finishing, Jesse, Ricardo and Kate showed up. Richard
ended the hand of Wyatt Earp, they added up the money, and found David
had won, only to discover that Richard had erroneously opened a set
with only two cards, making this, of course, an "asterisk" game, or,
as Dave pointed out: an "ass-kicking-terisk" game. Yep.
Ricardo, Kate, Dave and I decided to play Hamster Rolle, and Richard,
Jake, Jesse and a YMGer played San Marco. I believe the YMGer is
named Ben (not Ben Peal), but apparently he refused to give his
Hamster Rolle was a lot of fun. I'm enjoying dexterity games more
these days, though I am still not very good at them. Hamster Rolle is
a partnership dexterity game, and Kate was unfortunate enough to have
me as a partner. After one particularly bad spill, we thought all was
lost, until Ricardo had a fairly substantial spill himself, but we
lost anyway. Still, a fun game.
Continuing on the dexterity theme, we borrowed Pounce from Richard
(though I won my copy today on eBay -- hooray!) and I introduced them
to it. This is a blast, and I'm eager to try it with 7 or 8 people.
Surprisingly, my abyssymal skill at this last week seemed to be
overcome by my experience with the game, and I solidly defeated my
opponents in two rounds of Pounce, though Dave came close the second
time around. A lot of twitching :-)
Finally, I pulled out Mamma Mia, complete with Italian accents. Very
agressive pizza laying put Dave into an early lead, and a great many
first round "leftovers". My Bombastica at the end of the second round
insured no leftovers, though dave still led, with 4 completed pizzas.
In the final round, we all made a valiant effort, successfully making
lots of pizza's, but so did Dave. In the end, Dave and I had both
completed all but 1 pizza, but Dave had more cards in his hand, for
The other group was now playing Linie 1.
Ricardo hadn't had dinner, and I hadn't had lunch, so we ran off to
Anna's Taqueria for yummy burritos.
A very good session, and I hope Jake or Richard or Jesse can report on
the other tables games.
Now, for my obligatory statistical anecdote: Last week, I noted that I
had played 113 unique games in 113 days, and speculated I wouldn't
keep it up. Well, I played five new games at Craig's last week and
Hamster Rolle and Mamma Mia (first time played this year) tonight,
bringing me up to 120 unique games for 120 days. I will no longer
speculate on whether I will keep this up.
- Notes from the other table:
San Marco: Jake, Jesse, Richard, "It Doesn't Matter"
(this was the answer he gave twice when we asked his
Jake had been itching to play this game for the first
time, especially since his copy was played twice at
SSG without him. I explained the rules as printed,
which differ on several points from the way I was
taught and the way I have seen it played (e.g., the
first divider rotates around the board, the cards are
to be divided in secret, a player may cross only his
bridge to move an aristocrat to an adjacent area). I
took an early lead, with Jesse close behind. Jake was
the divider in all but one hand, and the cards were
not at all kind to him. We entered the final passage
with me having a comfortable lead and a strong
presence on the board. However, I was forced to cross
the ten point threshold, giving Jake and Jesse a
critical final turn; I went from holding clear
pluralities in three areas to scoring in only one area
at the end. I really like this game, but others were
less enthusiastic. Jake needs to play a game with
better cards before making a final decision.
Results: Jesse, It, Richard, Jake
Linie 1: Jake, Jesse, Richard.
Having played Metro last week, Jake suggested Linie 1.
Jesse and I had not played before; Jake had played
once. Once again, I had to show these boys how to lay
track. There was not much screwage in this game, and
I quickly completed a fairly short route and took the
win; Jake brought his trolley home within a few more
dice rolls. Very nice game, though I think I prefer
Results: Richard won, Jake second
Wyatt Earp: Jake, Jesse, Richard
Jesse wanted to find out what all the fuss is about,
and Jake and I didn't mind playing a second time. I
vowed not to asterisk this game. The two Texas boys
pulled out the big guns and showed the Yank how to
rustle up them outlaws. Jake and I were very close in
the first and second hands. I dealt the third, and
Jake threatened to kick my ass for giving him such
lousy cards (promises, promises). After his first
draw, he told me that I was going to hell (big
surprise there!). Jesse went out to my chagrin,
allowing Jake to snake a narrow victory.
Results: Jake 27, Richard 25, Jesse mid-teens
--- Matthew Gray <matthew@...> wrote:
> Now, for my obligatory statistical anecdote: LastThis is just wrong. :-)
> week, I noted that I
> had played 113 unique games in 113 days, and
> speculated I wouldn't
> keep it up. Well, I played five new games at
> Craig's last week and
> Hamster Rolle and Mamma Mia (first time played this
> year) tonight,
> bringing me up to 120 unique games for 120 days. I
> will no longer
> speculate on whether I will keep this up.
The night ended with Jake and me seeing the
post-burrito Matthew and Dave in the parking lot.
Dave shouted out some rude comment about us board game
geeks; I responded with more than one obscene gesture.
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- Great report that had me laughing out loud more than once!
> The night ended with Jake and me seeing theAnd I responded by fondling the bird crap on Mr. Gray's vehicle. What was
> post-burrito Matthew and Dave in the parking lot.
> Dave shouted out some rude comment about us board game
> geeks; I responded with more than one obscene gesture.
up with that?
Yesterday's SNOB definitely goes down as one of the best in quite a bit of
time. I've GOT to find a copy of Pounce.