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Session Report #10: December 31, 2012

Lee Benson
United States
Portland
Oregon
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Session Report #10: December 31, 2012
aka "Alfred, come down here and impersonate Dick Clark."

This week, we decided to skip our normal Sunday game day in favor of a New Year's Eve gameathon. For the first time ever, we partook in "adult beverages" during the gaming, which I think might have had a small effect on our playing. Read on!


The Players
Amanda
Collin
Lee
Mike

The Rundown
I had to work on New Year's Eve, but Mike was kind enough to pick me up from work as soon as I got off at 6:00pm. I had already procured provisions, but we made a couple stops on the way back for more necessities. Upon arriving at Mike and Amanda's place, Collin and Amanda were just finishing up a semi-team-effort of Friday. Apparently, they were just losing to the second pirate ship as we were putting drinks in the fridge.

After putting things away and popping open some hard ciders and beer, we chose Stone Age with the Style is the Goal expansion, which essentially adds a form of currency that you can trade for other resources. The game was new to Collin and me, but Mike did a fine job of explaining the rules. One rule was a little confusing however and Amanda didn't realize until partway through that she was doing something wrong (she was performing multiple trades per turn when only one was allowed). Due to our nice buzz and general friendliness, we said "screw it, but just play it the right way from now on." Still, the game went smoothly and everyone seemed to have a great, especially Mike, who kept attempting to take pieces out of turn. In the end, Amanda took the win and I came in a pretty close second.

Next up we chose The Speicherstadt. We all definitely had a better grasp on gameplay this week, and we saw some more cutthroat tactics coming out. The game was quite close, but I managed to screw over Mike in the last turn. It wasn't enough however because I ended up just one point behind Amanda, grabbing her second win.

We've instituted a new policy at Alfred, where the person who lost the last game nominates two games and the rest of the group decides which of these to play next. Mike was behind, so he chose High Society and something else. I can't remember what the other game was because we obviously chose High Society. This game is fun and light and with a few hard ciders under our belts, a wee bit silly. Not for Amanda though, she pulled out her third win of the night.

I believe it was at this point that we paused to pop some champagne and count down the New Year. At 12:01, we got back to games. Collin nominated Hanabi (a co-op game) and Chronicle (a trick-taking game) and we chose Hanabi due to its theme and the fact that we don't often play co-ops. In the game, you're attempting to lay cards from your hand onto the table in numerical order and matching in color. For example, if there is a green 1 on the table, you must play the green 2 next (or a 1 in any other color). As a team, you work on laying down as many cards in 5 colors as you can. The caveat is that you hold your cards backwards so that you have no idea what your cards are. Your teammate's can tell you what some of them are on their turn, but you can only do this so many times. It was quite different from what we usually play and I think we all had a good time. Also, we won.

We moved on to Can't Stop at this point. As the board filled up with four players' tokens, things got pretty interesting. It was almost anybody's game near the end, but Mike managed to make it to the top for the third time to win the game.

We finished out the night with Galaxy Trucker. In hindsight, this may not have been the best choice as we were tuckering out and sobering up, but we still had a blast. Explaining the rules took a bit of time, but gameplay went fairly quickly. Collin decided to build fast instead of safe and his ship all but fell apart in the third round. In the end, Mike and I managed to tie with 49 points each.

It was at this point that we decided to get some sleep, or as some of you might know it, that thing you do between gaming sessions. Collin grabbed the couch and I enjoyed an inflatable mattress. In the morning (it wasn't really the morning; we awoke at 2:30pm), we had a small breakfast of donuts and coffee and tea and discussed life, the universe and almost everything. I suggested we play Quarriors, because it seemed like a fun and light game for the "morning" after. Amanda seemed poised to take the win in this game, amassing 9 points (of the needed 12 to win) in just two turns. We managed to keep her at 11 as we all gained some points. We thought she was going to grab it somehow, but Mike managed to surge upwards and grab the win.

We started a game of Coup as the sun was going down and before I had to head out. I incorrectly challenged someone and then a coup sent me out of the game. I gathered my things together as Collin finished off both Mike and Amanda for the win.

After I took off, I'm told that the three of them played a partial game of Chronicle and Mike taught Collin the ropes of Memoir '44.

The Highlights
Collin's raggedy-ass lopsided ship in Galaxy Trucker.
During Hanabi, when Amanda was forced to discard a card two turns in a row and we were all saying "choose carefully" and then she twice chose (at random of course) the card we needed.

The Statistics
# of games played
10 plays of 10 games

Median year of games played
2008/2009

Average playing time
37 minutes

Total Time Spent Playing (according to game lengths on BGG)
6 hours 10 minutes

Total Time Actually Spent Playing
Unknown

The Ratings
- Equivalent to a BGG rating of 9–10. Loved it and would play it every session.
- Really enjoyed, but wouldn't want to play every week.
- Could take it or leave it.
- Did not enjoy it, but could be talked into playing it again.
- Equivalent to a BGG rating of 1–2. Hated it and would not want to play it again.

High Society – (4.25)
Amanda
Collin
Lee
Mike

Stone Age – (3.0)
Amanda
Collin
Lee
Mike

The Speicherstadt – (4.0)
Amanda
Collin
Lee
Mike

Galaxy Trucker – (4.0)
Amanda
Collin
Lee
Mike

Coup – (3.75)
Amanda
Collin
Lee
Mike

Hanabi – (3.5)
Amanda
Collin
Lee
Mike

Can't Stop – (3.25)
Amanda
Collin
Lee
Mike

Quarriors – (3.25)
Amanda
Collin
Lee
Mike

The Achievements
Game: Multiple
Achievement: Hat Trick
Description: Win three games in a row
Unlocked by: Amanda

The Gallery

A player board for Quarriors
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