Tuesday Evening Gamers (TEG) - Milwaukee

This blog is a writeup of our weekly game group. Thoughts on what we played how the game went, etc.

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Tuesday Evening Gamers (TEG) - July 5 - Shuffleboard, Saint Malo, Lord of the Rings, Camel Up

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July 5th



So, we had four on this evening. We always seem to lag in people coming in the summer as there is so much to do. Heck, with the exception of Tuesdays, I don't game a ton in the summer.

Anyways, Timm and I started out with a bit of Shuffleboard. Two games. I suck. I jumped out to an 11-0 lead in the first game then proceeded to give it up and Timm scored 30 to my 5 points to win both games. I am trying to get a consistent slide going. My damn thumb gives me wild shots every so often.

Christian arrived so we broke out Saint Malo as we waited for Aaron. In my first roll, I got a 5 church. That drove my strategy throughout the game. It was a weird game in where we were not rolling much for pirates. We didn't even get to finish out the 3 row. Because I went the church route, I won the game in a rout with 49. Timm had 39 and Christian had 32. I MUST scan a board and make paper copies. I despise the dry erase.

Aaron arrived approximately about the time we were finishing up our game. We discussed what to play and discovered that Aaron never played Lord of the Rings (we use F&F in all games). Well, damn. We set it up and the four of us set out on our adventure.

We struggled in Bree. Struggled badly. Got our rest and Moria kicked our butts. Somehow we did not finish either board. I think we made it through Isengard but died in Helms Deep. We knew we were not going to make it through Helms, but we tried. We got to 38. We started Sauron at 15. The key is DO NOT STRUGGLE IN BREE.

So, after that, we broke out Camel Up for a couple of games. In the first game, I pulled out the win by getting the winner correct first and the loser correct second. This gave me 13 of my 30 points. Those were the only two cards I put in. Why suffer a bunch of negative ones? Timm had 26, Aaron had 25 and Christian had 24. The second game of it went a lot differently. Only three of us as Aaron had to roll. Christian had 26, I had 17 and Timm had 3. Ouch. This game just kills me! Too fun!

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Tuesday Evening Gamers (TEG) - June 21/June 28 - Sheepshead, Russian Railroad, Big Points, Shuffleboard, Can't Stop, San Quentin Kings

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June 21st


So much going on this summer it's hard to be at work to type this up every week.

On the 21st, Kevin, Timm and I started by playing some Sheepshead for about 40 minutes or so. Been awhile since we played for that long. It's a great game for us to be able to shoot the shit and play. Timm had the most points but we all had fun and caught up.

We played that until Scott arrived to play his birthday game, Russian Railroads. I'm not gaga over the game but I don't mind playing it if it has to get played. I'm not good at it, either. LOL

Kevin (Spreadsheet) won it again with 430, Timm had 407, I had 352 (and knew exactly when I was out of it) and Scott had 292. Don't make a mistake. Do not. I had a good time with it, anyways. It's Tuesday and these are my closest friends, how can I not have a good time?



June 28th


This week it was Timm, Christian and I getting together. Christian wanted to play something new to us that might not get a very good rating. I did pull out San Francisco but then I saw the rules and didn't feel all that much into reading through it (it has been sometime since I read the rules). Oh well, it was a good thought. We did pull out Big Points again after playing it a few weeks ago. I pulled out the win with 35, Timm had 34 and Christian had 31. I did not go for variety but instead grabbed up green and red chips and managed to squeak in a double move to get those colors at the top two levels. Love this game!

We were then wandering the basement for a game and Christian said, how about that prison game? OH yah, Timm and I were up for that. San Quentin Kings with the event cards hit the table. I might have started something when I flat out killed one of Timm's gang members. We had killing galore but I took the brunt of it and it affected my scores. We were laughing our butts off while playing. It isn't hard to do with both Timm and Christian, to be honest. Seriously fun, even tho they shanked the Hell out of me. Christian won with 35 as he stockpiled the raman and cigs for the end of the game (and was the fight king). Timm had 31 from being a drug lord. I had 19. Oof. I am looking forward to playing this again with five. Much different feel to the game with that number.

So, after that, Christian spied the Shuffleboard so we played a round robin type of game. We all played each other and whomever had the best record was the winner. Timm was 2-0, Christian was 1-1 and I was 0-2 in some insanely great matches. We were loud, we were proud, we laughed our asses off again. Timm made this shot that Christian made a video of that is THE BEST! You just have to watch it (and I'm hoping Christian posts it as a reply to this blog). This board was the best $10 get for me (and worth the $30 to have it shipped to me).

So, our last game of the night (two games of it) was the classic Can't Stop. Again, how can this game not be loud? The first game I pulled out an improbable win by closing 2, 12, 10. I either win big or flame out in spectacular fashion. The second game, the door was kept open for me. Timm and Christian were very close to winning and were afraid to push because in this specific game, pushing was going wrong. Timm had Stormtroopers to begin with and had the 7's near the top with the 6's and 8's at the middle and BAM, busted. Christian ultimately pulled out the win. I was starting to make runs but busted when I probably should have stopped. But I have a problem with this game.

I Can't Stop.


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Tuesday Evening Gamers (TEG) - June 14th - Crokinole, Pickomino, Kingdom Builder, Codenames, Big Points

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June 14th




We are back!

Man, it has been too long since a Tuesday. Only games I played was in St. Louis for Geekway. Geekway was a good time, as always. Larry and I did NOT win the Crokinole tournament for the third straight year but Timm and Scott (Scott bought a board now, as well) won it. The tournament was run very well this year. My fall tournament date has been set for November 12th. Whoooo!

Best new game I played at Geekway this year was Mombasa. A worker placement/stock/other stuff type of game. Rules were excellent and after the reading and going through the rules it isn't a difficult game to play or teach. It is a challenge to play well. I played it three times and bought myself a copy. Scott bought a copy as they wanted to play it (and I had already left St. Louis). Timm then won the play and win copy at Geekway. Crazy! We have three copies of the game in the game group now.

So, onto this past Tuesday...

Since it is summer, I don't expect us getting a full house every week as there is too much to do. This was one of those nights. Timm arrived and we busted out a game of Crokinole. After about 4 rounds, I had built up a 60-0 advantage but Timm came storming back and overtook me in two rounds. Eeesch. Christian was my bad luck as I went downhill when he arrived and watched.

We were waiting for Aaron (welcome back!) so Pickomino hit the table. Aaron arrived just as we finished setting it up. It had been awhile since I personally played it and it was a tough game. Aaron had a commanding lead until we started stealing from him. Some more back and forth and ultimately, Aaron won with six on a tiebreaker against Timm and his six. I managed two points and Christian had zero.

So, we wandered around the basement looking for a game and Aaron suggested Kingdom Builder. Yeah, why not. It's been quite a long time since I broke this out. I forget that I do enjoy this game. I read the board incorrectly and got whupped. Aaron had 58 at the end, Christian had 47 and Timm had 46. I managed 31 points. We forgot to add in points for the castles but it didn't really matter for 1st or last place. LOL

Codenames hit the table next. I LOVE this game and cannot play it enough, to be honest. Teams were Timm and Christian versus Aaron and I. We played three games of it and Aaron and I won two of the three. Last clue was Bandsaw-2. Aaron correctly guessed Drill and Table. Much much fun with this one.

Aaron had to roll so Christian, Timm and I played two games of Big Points. Such an excellent game for 2 or 3 players. Quick and tense. I think I played with 4 or 5 once and didn't care for it...too chaotic. But with 2 or 3, it is perfect. First game, Timm had 34, Christian had 26 and I had 25. Second game, we were all in the swing of it. Christian had 36, Timm had 35 and I had 34.

It was a very fun Tuesday!


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Tuesday Evening Gamers (TEG) - May 10th - Auf Teufel Komm Raus, Crokinole, Macao

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May 10th



Yesterday started out with Timm and I shooting a couple of games of Crokinole. It has been awhile since I shot and it was a good warm up before the Geekway tournament. Timm won both games but we both were attempting difficult shots...I just was failing in mine. It's all good, I'm ready for the tournament again to see if Larry and I can get our third championship in a row and retire (and pass up DJ's team tournament run).

Kevin and Christian arrived and we briefly talked about our upcoming trip to Geekway (my sixth time). We are heading down Wednesday to be there bright and early on Thursday when they open. It's a lot less stressful and heck, we are grabbing grub at Blue's Egg prior to hitting the road!

After a bit of indecision, we went with Feld, more specifically, Macao. Kevin played on Tuesday five times and had won every time. Not just won, but demolished us for the most part.

This game was tough. Card symbiosis wasn't readily apparent and it took us all quite some time to get our engine rolling. I had to take a paddlin' (punishment points) twice because I could not get any cards down.

Probably by about round 9, things were clicking. I got first on the wall and was able to grab, and play, the card that allows me to always be on top of the stack. That played huge as at the end of the game we added up the scores and Kevin and I were tied with 76, Timm had 66 and Christian 59. Kevin and I were on the same space on the wall, with me drifting to the top for the win. Also, because I had the card, I went before Kevin in round 12 and delivered a good to each of the places he was set to deliver to. I got 8 points from that, where he had 5. Crazy finish! Love this game! It was funny watching Spreadsheet get frustrated during the middle of the game because his engine wasn't going yet.

Next up we brought out Auf Teufel komm raus, a non-dice push your luck game. Kevin had not played before but the rest of us had. Such a unique betting and push your luck game. Plays up to seven people too. I'm bring this down to Geekway as I don't think it's in the library and I want to give this a whirl with seven. Early in the game, Timm and Kevin jumped out to a pretty big lead in money with me a bit behind them and Christian way in the back. But, as this game will do, it changes as people start to gamble more. I took a big gamble and hit as Kevin and Timm slipped back and Christian was working his way back up. Timm played it cool and patient like and got the win with 1,600. Christian really came back well and ended with 1,510. You can be WAY behind and come back. He played it quite well. I ended with 1,130 with my big pushes to win the game failed. Kevin, after being at over 1,300, ended with 370. Ouch.

Yeah, this game needs to come with to Geekway. So much laughing and shouting and faces made when you pull the Devil out of the pile.

No games for us on Tuesday for the next two to three weeks as it is the day before leaving for St. Louis and the day after getting back and maybe we will game the day after Memorial Day weekend.

If not, I'll be back in June!

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Tuesday Evening Gamers (TEG) - April 26/May 3 - Broom Service, Racko, Shuffleboard, Russian Railroads

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April 26th/May 3rd


April 26th

On the twenty-sixth, we started with five. Timm, Chris, Kevin, Christian and myself. As is the norm, we tossed around ideas because, frankly, we normally don't know what we want to play. Broom Service was ultimately decided on.

It had been a little while since it hit the table and it never hit the table by me with five. It wasn't as chaotic as I imagined it would be. We played with everything included (storm clouds, amulets, etc.). Lots of fun with this game (we have lots of fun with any game - lots of laughing and jokes). Timm won this game again (third time in a row) with 113. Chris had 96, Kevin had 93, Christian had 90 and I had 80. I couldn't tell you what Timm does to win except be more efficient in working his plan and adapting well when he needed to. I personally like this better than Witch's Brew, which I like as well. I'm irritated that Broom Service: The Card Game is coming out. I understand it will feel different but with that and Burgandy the Card Game, and the new copies of PR and SJ, my urge to continue to collect the alea games is severely shaken.

Kevin had to roll so the other four of us wanted something not so heavy. I pulled out Rack-O. Yes, that Racko.

It was the perfect game at that time. I'd like to say we chatted and such playing it but this game, for some reason, makes you shut up and stew over your initial draw. I find it gets tense as you wait, knowing someone is VERY close to calling Racko. This game went into overtime. Timm and Chris both broke 500 and had 505 at the same time so we went one more hand. Christian got Racko and Chris edged out Timm 535 to 525. I had 400 and Christian had 370.


May 3rd


SHUFFLEBOARD!!!!

A few weeks ago I won a Carrom Shuffle Board Game in an auction for $10. This is a quality game with a wood deck, sturdy, and big. It didn't have the pieces but that did not matter as I have Rebound and used the pieces from that. Below is a pic of Kevin shooting in his match versus Timm (love this action shot)



In all we played 7 abbreviated games (played up to 7 in the game where you score only if you are the closed to the back edge). Currently, I am sitting at 3-2, Timm is at 2-3 and Kevin is at 2-2. We might keep regular stats on this.

Scott arrived with the game we talked about for the last couple of weeks...Russian Railroads (with the mini-expansion included). Without Larry, we had to refresh the game to ourselves. The mini-expansion added some items to help balance the game away from the main winning track (in my view). The Trans-Siberian (or whatever it was called) was still quite strong and I felt the M-E helped make other items more viable. With a couple of snafus in scoring, Kevin won with 428 and Scott had 419. Kevin worked the main track and Scott did great work with factories and engineers. I had 383 and Timm had 229. Perhaps this will get played again in St. Louis?

Tick tock tick tock. The wait is KILLING me!


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Tuesday Evening Gamers (TEG) - April 19th - Panamax

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April 19th



In talking with Scott prior to game time, he told me he picked up Russian Railroads so I wanted him to bring it. Our group copy ended up going east with Larry so we didn't have a copy available anymore. Alas, he *ordered* it and wouldn't be here until this week (probably today). That sort of put me in a heavier mood. I wanted to play something with a bit of meat. Timm and Kevin arrived and we decided on playing Panamax.

Kevin and I played this about a year ago at Geekway and had enjoyed it (even tho it was a pisser to learn). We worked on getting it set up and relearning/teaching the game. Scott arrived and we were off and teaching it in earnest. The teaching took some time but once we got past that, the game *really* isn't that hard. Hard to do well, as I found out. LOL

We got our ships a shipping and working out how to make money. I'm certain none of us were very efficient in what we did. I made two CRITICAL errors. I got a ship with passengers across and instead of covering up the $2, I chose something else. After a couple of dice were selected, I told Timm that my selection was going to bite me in the ass.

It did.

It came down to my last die selection. I was shy two bucks to move a die from one side to the other. This stopped me from moving the Chinese money ship to the other end (costing me a bunch of bucks). Right before that, I could have moved it to one spot away and then moved it in on the last go but I wasn't certain the action would be there for me. I wanted it all and got none. That money was to pay my fees and dividends. I ended up having to borrow $20, costing me 30 and sinking my solid, but not spectacular game play.

So, I ended up with 4 (I didn't buy much in shares, big mistake). Scott had 23 and lost $30 to getting hit with owing bucks. Timm had 48 and Kevin with 57. Low scores, I know.

I think this will hit the table again, soon.

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Tuesday Evening Gamers (TEG) - April 12th - Plan-Cheroli, Macao, Prosperity

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April 12th



It has been some time but last night was just Timm and I. The person who I have gamed with for 40 years. Lots of games in that time (like 2,000+ games of Statis Pro Basketball - I have the score sheets still). Well, we broke out Macao a favorite of both of ours and we have played many times as a two player game.

With us, this game really flies by. It slows down usually at about the 5th round through the 10th or so. Anyways, he was first, I was second. The initial cards that were laid out had two clear choices...the Beggar and the Jester. Beggar gave you an action cube if you are behind in points whereas the Jester let you use a Joker twice. I opted for the Beggar. This proved to be a wise choice. I got the card down in the first round and I may have failed to get an extra cube once in the game. 10 or 11 free cubes, of whatever color I wanted. This helped me get the Idler down quick enough and I had the one where cards do not count on the tableau as negative. Timm struggled to get his plan into play...even though he was first on the wall most of the game. He took a padddlin' of 9 points at the end so the game ended up with me scoring 93 and he had 61. Funny, our last game he ended with 95 and I had 67 (or something like that.

So, sitting on the secondary game table by the stairwell was a couple of new to me games. I grabbed Plan-Cheroli, an abstract based off of Chinese Checkers. Why not. The game board is similar to Chinese Checkers in that you have to get your pieces across a hexagon like board. Instead of marbles, you have arches that you "walk" across the board (swing one leg of the arch). We played the very basic game and Timm won. With two the game was pretty meh to naah. But there are a ton of variants to go with the game plus the ability to play six player. One variant is to put chips on the board and collect them, the other is to change the setup of the board by covering up spots, making it harder to get around. The game looks great set up. It will get played again, I think.

After that we broke out another game to learn that was very new to me (and from that table, as well). Prosperity. At it's heart it's a simple tile laying game. You pick a tile, something gets scored (gather resources, so to speak), then you take your two turns. That is it. But, the struggle is to balance things and to see if you can work the scoring to your advantage as you know when things are coming up.

Easy enough but knowing what to do is where the challenge lies. A second play will be better as I get how much things score. It's hard to make a comeback in the game. I lost 58 to 45.

The scoring track sucks in the game but the game looks very good.

Good stuff and glad we got to get two new ones in, along with the old favorite.

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Tuesday Evening Gamers (TEG) - April 5th - Cloud 9, Vegas, American Rails

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April 5th



Scott, Christian, Timm and I were the gamers yesterday. Four makes for some interesting selection as many, many games handle four quite well. Earlier in the day, I was thinking train game. I wasn't sure how many were coming but I have train games that handle all the way up to six. I also was feeling the need to play something with a little meat.

Timm and I wandered the basement tossing around ideas of what to play before Scott and CV arrived. We had it narrowed down to Caylus, Wildcatters, American Rails, Sails of Glory, and Egizia. Well, rails won out so we tabled American Rails for the first time.

We all played Chicago Express prior (and which is a personal favorite of mine) so going through the very brief rules wasn't much of an issue. Some things took us a bit to grok (the lessening of the value of a city once a second rail makes it in) but we got it ironed out.

Never have played this before, we were unsure of the values of the shares. I was banker and auctioned off American (white) share first and won it by paying something like 22. The others were auctioned off and away we went.

We had our turn order and there are three turns in a round. At the end of the round you collect your dividends. I managed to keep my American (which started in NYC) pure by controlling auctions. I also got it built up quickly. Knowing no one had enough money to auction in the first round, I managed to get two shares of other rails VERY cheap. That really won me the game. I was collecting decent cash throughout and I kept American off the auction block for some time.

The final scores were Scott with 140, Timm with 119, CV with 114 and I had 204. Like Chicago Express, you really can figure out where the break even point is on a share (especially late in the game). That paid off for me. I like this as much, if not more than CE. The variable start position gives you more creativity, the turn order and the actions available was nice, as well. Plus I found the board pleasing and the ease of play refreshing. Next game of this we play, I KNOW it will be brutal. I can't wait!

We still had time so we played a couple of short ones. We broke out Cloud 9. Always an excellent filler choice. The four of us there are really push your luck fans. I pulled out the win with 51. The others were close. Timm needed to push the last run up to 20 but couldn't get by the 15 spot, crashing the balloon for the rest. He ended with 35, CV had 33 and Scott had 28.

Scores for all games are approximate because I forgot my notes this morning.

We still had time so more dice. Las Vegas was that choice. In the first round, I snagged 210k and of course, I was going to run away with it. Oh no. We had a lot of various battles going on in the various casinos. This game, for us, is SOOO LOUD. We oooh and ahh, talk smack, bitch, laugh. Well, after my big first round, I got 180k more for 390. Timm had 350, Scott had 580(?) and Christian got 610(?) to grab the hard fought win in this one.

Good time last night. Good time.

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Tuesday Evening Gamers (TEG) - March 29th - Samurai, Marracash, The Game, Codenames

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March 29th



Monday, when I sent my email out to the group, I stated I wanted to play something we never played before. I still have a ton in my collection that I haven't played (I like to think that list is getting smaller). This week, I chose MarraCash, a game that I have had since 2005 but never played (I thought I got it in 2004 but I was wrong).

It plays four and it a really quick game but there is a ton to think about. It has a map with buildings and fountains on it and a group of people (different colored pawns) waiting to come into the city. On your turn you either move people in the city, from fountain to fountain or auction of buildings or both.

The pawns, as they go by the buildings (which are colored like the pawns) will go into the first colored building owned by someone (if the color matches). The more pawns in a particular building, the more it pays out.

In our first game it was VERY difficult on how to value the buildings. Mike was the runaway winner with 5k, Timm had 2.7k, Chris 2k, and I had 1.6k. I liked it and would like to play again but the others really didn't care for it. So, who knows. Glad I finally got it to the table.

We then split into teams...Chris and I versus Timm and Mike and played a couple of games of Codenames. Towards the end of the last game it was anyones game. We were laughing as we kept missing what seemed like obvious clues. Chris and I won both. We usually play two to three times (A best of 3 series). How can you play just one game? I can't.

So, Mike was able to stay for one more short one so it was the classic, Samurai. All of us were vets of the game, playing it many, many times.

Myself, I prefer the 3 and 4 player games of this more than the 2 player but in any regard, I rate the game a 10. It was a tough, tight match that came down to the last play. Timm was leading for awhile as the rest of us worked on getting majorities. I managed to get the high hat lead and set it up to wipe out Timm's majority on helmets by giving myself and Mike one each to ensure one of us was going to tie Timm. Timm was forced into playing a tile that gave it to Mike which gave me the win by having the only majority in the game.

This game makes my stomach hurt. In a good way. No idea how long the game took because I was too engrossed in the play.

After Mike rolled, Chris, Timm and I broke out The Game: Are you ready to play The Game? and played it twice. Left with 7 cards and then 9 cards. Way cool game.

Talked about a big game of Zombicide soon on some weekend. Get at least six folk for it. Can't wait!


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Tuesday Evening Gamers (TEG) - March 22nd - Lord of the Rings (and F&F), Strike

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March 22nd



Dang flu. Last week I had to cancel as I was floored by the flu. They didn't get the strain right this year, apparently, for the shot.

Ug

That was as sick as I had been in years. Missed dang near the whole week of work (worked half a day on the Thursday and had to pack it in). Have not done that, ever.

But, yesterday I was back. I, and others, were jonesing to game. Yesterday it was Timm, Kevin, Mike and myself. We sat and chatted for a bit, looked at the copy of Outlaws: Adventures in the Old West. I won it in an auction for $20. It was someone's labor of love, print and play wise. The boards and the hundreds of chits (many double sided) were made out of MDF.

MDF!

It's unreal how precise the cuts are and how good this looks. I can't wait to play.

But, we didn't play it. We broke out Lord of the Rings with Lord of the Rings: Friends & Foes. Kevin and Mike had not played it so it was a good time to break it out. Mike was Frodo, Timm was Sam, I was Pippen and Kevin was Merry.

We started along our way really struggling on the Bree board. We were getting hit with events and Frodo ended up way too close to Sauron after that board. Ug. We got our wits together in Rivendell and moved on.

Amazingly, we slid through Moria pretty quickly. It was a pleasant surprise. Not a ton of foes to deal with yet and got our new cards and breather at a good point.

Isengard was next. We happened to, at the time, have a ton of weapon cards. In fact, we had 12 symbols and all we had to do to avoid Helms Deep was finish traveling and hiding.

We did. This was the first time in my plays of F&F's where I had a glimpse of potentially making it to at least Mordor (had not made it that far in F&F). We really, skillfully, used the cards to get there. I was impressed. All four of us were equally supplying input.

Made it through the Shelob's Lair and horded our traveling cards, knowing they will be needed in Mordor. I'm glad we did that because Mordor is a bitch. Sauron was marching down upon us now...perhaps 2 spots away from Sam and three from Mr. Frodo (who had the ring).

In Mordor we got a nice jump out on the traveling but with dice rolls, we were really pushing close. Merry got to the second to last die roll spot and moved up instead of Sauron coming down on us.

Whew.

When we hit the second die spot, both Sam and Pippen were sacrificed but the ring was ready to go into Mt. Doom. The Ring was ready and it was up to Merry to throw it in. Frodo was facing Sauron. Not a good spot.

Merry managed to dispose of the ring only moving himself towards the darkness. The Eagles swooped in, picked up Merry and Frodo and we all rejoiced. Our first win against F&F.

For the record, I refuse to read anything on how to be successful at the expansions. I want to continue to discover this myself and with the group.

I decided not long ago to push this game up to a 10. It is, by far, my favorite co-op.

It wasn't to be a long night so we quickly squeezed in two games of Strike as Mike had not played, or heard of it, yet. Timm crushed us in two straight games.

Soon, less than two months, just about all of us will be in St. Louis for Geekway! Can't wait!



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