Gary Heidenreich(bop517)United States
To start the evening, it was just Kevin, Timm, Mr. Modelo and myself and as normal, we continued on with our long running game of three handed Sheepshead. I got my requisite near-Grandma hand to start the game and we squeezed in about six hands. I gained a point, Timm gained enough points to bring him back to +1. Kevin is now holding us both up with a huge -40 something.
Jeff and Chris arrived right about the same time (Jeff normally is near 7 versus 6). I had scheduled to play Tammany Hall as I just got it in trade. Chris pointed out to me that, themewise, it was fitting as it was election day in Milwaukee (big statement election if you are reading this and not local). We all pretty much went through the rules prior but we ran through and learned the game.
What a cool game it was. I loved the theme and the game, I felt, really tied into that. Area control and a stock market type of mechanic, but I hate those terms so lets use adding more immigrants to your district and having the policital clout to run the Ward. Very fluid game. Everything felt right, themeatically. The use of Slander to take out bosses in a district is awesome and makes it even more fluid. There is a ton of tension in the game and the game, by basis of it's theme, allows for negotiation. If you are behind, though, you are probably out of it unless you can convince everyone to knock someone back (and they should). Started out Kevin was the mayor first but noone really gave him a good beat down and I was able to control the whole west side of Manhattan by the second term, which lead me to being mayor. I tried to slander Kevin's name in the financial district but he spread some bad stuff about me and it decimated my base. Jeff had a firm grip on Tammany Hall and kept in the running. Timm worked up a grass roots swelling of Italian power.
At the end of the game, Kevin held off Timm by one point 24 to 23. I think Jeff was third with 18, I had 17 and Chris had 9. I really enjoyed this one.
The skull was broken out for this game, as well.