Last week I drove down south to meet and game with Mamadallama at an FLGS located about halfway between our homes.
This time we only had about 4 hours to game and managed to play 5 different games 6 times!!
Upon arrival, the game store had not yet opened so we headed next door to Subway and had lunch. Mamadallama's husband was with her and we had a nice time just chatting and getting to know each other better.
This time, Mamadallama's husband left us alone the entire time for some awesome 2-player goodness. We both unpacked the games we had brought and looked over the selections.
Mamadallama quickly spied my copy of Shanghaien and asked to play because she had been playing on Yucata and wasn't 100% sure of the gameplay. We had a great session of this dice/card game. I had only previously played against my daughter and it was such a treat to play against an adult where we both exploited all the possible strategies in this not-as-light-as-it-seems-at-first-glance game. Kathy won!!
Next up, I asked to play Morels which I have been drooling over for a few months. This was a bittersweet session for me. OMG!!! I absolutely LOVED this game and found it to be just the right combination of luck, strategy, game complexity and length that was chock full of interesting decisions, tension, and fun! I was able to cook 2 different sets of mushrooms that were left in my hand--with butter--in the closing round to win the game! Sadly, I realized that my daughter would NOT be able to play this competitively and that the game length would be just a tad too long for her as well.
I asked to play Maori next as I had long had my eye on it and Mamadallama had recommended it to me as well. I am very glad we played this as this will definitely work with my daughter and is short enough to engage her. I really enjoyed this tile-laying game and found it to be just the right complexity for the game length. The decisions were not 100% straightforward thus, they were interesting and the luck of the draw added enough tension for my taste. I like the fact that the game includes 2 variants to increase the difficulty and make for more advanced gameplay. So, not only was this a winner, but I added a new game to my future buy list!!
Next up I chose Tally Ho! which Mamadallama had told me was a "hide and seek" type game. She suggested I play the hunter/lumberjacks and I struggled a bit. She was able to save one of her bears and ate many of my hunters. My lumberjacks came up at the very end and I desperately chopped down as many trees as I could. I also shot plenty of birds, plus a bear, but she just ate too many of my hunters. I asked to play again, switching sides and was also frustrated in the 2nd round. I wasn't able to eat hardly any hunters or lumberjacks and wasn't able to save any of my bears either. She won both games. Although I really enjoyed this chess-like "hide & seek" title I sadly realized that it wouldn't work for us as my daughter would not think/look ahead and probably eat/shoot the moment an opportunity presented itself.
Last up, we both wanted something super light and fun and she introduced me to Pickomino which I had been dying to try since the success of my other Zoch Verlag titles Sushizock im Gockelwok & Hoppladi Hopplada!. I really enjoyed this as well and found the back & forth and stealing to be more prominent, strategic, and important than in Sushizock. I managed to win in the end and will eventually pick this up. The store had one in stock but unfortunately it was the Rio Grande Games version in the huge box. I will try to wait to get the import version in the small box to match my other ZV games.
All in all, this was a too short but wonderful game day for me and I really enjoyed played 2-player games with Kathy. I liked and enjoyed every game we played and was able to add and subtract games to my wishlist.
Thank you for coming out to play with me, Kathy!!