SR: South Shore Gamers - Sept 1, 2001
- Massive turnout for kids night! We officially had 32 people -
which included about a half dozen kids who came for game playing.
This was the high-water mark for the SSG which had previously
seen 25 a couple times and lower 20's on about a half dozen
occasions. I think this also tied the largest number of women
gamers in some time - with 5 in attendance which is great.
And big thanks to Rob who collected.
Roll Call: Dave B, Jenn, Dave R, Emily, Alan, Craig, Richard,
Rob E, Karl, Jonathan, Adam Y, Rich M, Jeff M, Walter, Walter's
Nephew, Joe C, Andy W, Campbell, Campbell's friends x2, Dave C +
son, Ben M, Matt H, David H, Alison H, Bob S, Tamara,
Constantine, Andy L, Dan M, Ian M. (hope I didn't miss anyone!)
GAMES PLAYED: Through the Desert, Battle Line, Catchphrase x6,
San Marco, Liar's Dice, Crokinole (x10?), Star Wars Queen's
Gambit, Taboo, Password x2, Flower Power, Settlers of Catan,
Modern Art, Tigris & Euphrates, Modern Art, Ulysses, Carcassonne,
Vampire, Rhienlander, Bali, Ace of Aces, Kohle, Kies & Knete,
There were certainly other games played as there were way too
many to record so I didn't keep an accurate count. I'll take any
We did some experiments on the new Charba Crokinole Board. It
was supposed to be the same as my Grey Owl but after accurately
measuring the center hole was smaller (both depth and width), the
rings were of different size as well as the posts and the board
definitely didn't seem as fast (but this was just from a few
minutes of use). Alan has all the dimensions and I think the
board will likely be exchanged as it doesn't seem up to par with
the other Grey Owl boards...
Notes on games I played:
TABOO - The electronic version. Really fun and my 2nd favorite
of the new Hasbro electronic party games (Catchphrase is still my
favorite). Some words I seem to recall from the game of this I
played last week so I'm not sure how it "randomizes" but it still
proved fun. We played a 6 player game of this while Alan and
Craig (who also played) were setting up Star Wars - Queen's
Gambit (which they both seemed to like quite a bit). Good
lighthearted fun for a big group of players.
CATCHPHRASE - Also the electronic version. This is my favorite
of the new Hasbro electronic party games. At least a half dozen
games of Catchphrase took place - and probably more. We had 6
and 8 players for this at different points in the night. The
concept is similar to "hot potato" where you need to get your
team (every other person is your teammates) to say the word
listed on the CatchPhrase device and then pass it along
clockwise. The music gets more and more frantic as time starts to
run out and eventually the buzzer goes off. If you are the one
holding the device when the buzzer runs out your team loses and
the opposing team scores a point. It's frantic - and some of the
words are super easy while others are very difficult. The game
moves really quickly and even with a larger group of players it
feels like you are always involved (in either guessing or giving
clues). Highly recommend - the game has many thousands of words
so hopefully it won't run stale for some time.
FLOWER POWER - I taught Alison who had never played. It filled
in nicely after I got bounced from Liar's Dice. Still enjoyable
and such a nice looking game. One of my "new" favorites in the
Kosmos 2P lineup.
LIARS DICE - I lost my first 5 dice before anyone else lost any.
It was a brutal showing! I was out in like 5 minutes - luckily
Alison was hovering nearby so we could get in a good game of
Flowerpower. I now truly love Liar's Dice - having gone from a
very lukewarm reception to it over a year ago to having it be one
of my favorite games that I'm almost always willing to play. But
after my only win (in about 22 attempts) my losing streak seems
to be back in full force!
CROKINOLE - Karl and I took on Alan and Dave R who dominated the
board most of the night. We had one close game and one blowout
and we didn't win either game but it was great fun. The board
saw heavy use - event the kids got a little use on it - with a
bit of supervision so they didn't treat it too harshly!
That's it. I couldn't hear the band this week until later in the
evening as there were so many people present.
Next week is the big 2 year anniversary for the South Shore
Gamers. Please try to make it - I want to make it a big night!!
After next week, I think there will probably be a hiatus on SSG
for a couple weeks. I'll let people know if there will be
anything on the 15th but don't count on it!
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