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Games Group 02/09/2011

Mike Amos
United States
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Last evening was our third scheduled games group event. The first two were not particularly well attended but we were hoping for a crowd this time. I'd gotten RSVP for four people plus Laura and me. The plan was to play Robo Rally. In the afternoon I got word that two people wouldn't make it. This was unfortunate as my wife has been trying to sell me on the idea of not doing it on a weeknight or biweekly because she feels that if it was monthly people would make more of an effort. I disagree but have held my position based largely on the fact that games night was new and that when people got into the swing of things it would be be no problem. Based on those cancellations I had to give ground and it will be going to a monthly thing. However, since it is going monthly, I may try to make it Saturday noon through eight or something crazy like that and I may try and open it up to some of the boardgaming community outside this tiny circle of friends I've been working with.

Lori and Brian arrived at or just after 6. I like to serve a meal since it's a weeknight and I'm asking people to spend their evening there. So we had spaghetti with meatballs and a garlic bread I had made. This, of course eats into games time but it's important to me. We cleared the table by 6:45 and Laura took the dog out for a short walk while I got the ball rolling.

The first game out was Aquaretto. It took 20 minutes to explain the rules and then essentially re-explain them in the form of answering questions. I've explained this one once before and I've noticed, it's a very simple game but to the non-gamer it has a lot of moving parts. You can only do three things on your turn but one of those (coin action) unlocks several more.
We played two games of Aquaretto and Brian won them both. I should point out that Brian is exceptionally good at games. I don't know if it's because he's a totally math geek or not but here's how the scoring fell out:
Game 1:
Laura 16
Mike 13
Brian 19
Lori 17

Game 2:
Laura 14
Mike 22
Brian 33
Lori 6

We opted to play something else rather than play more Aquaretto. I let Laura pick and her (and the rest of my extended family's) go to game is Bananagrams. Lori had not played it and Brian owns a copy but had only every played it once and Solitaire. We did a brief rules explanation and off we went.I'm not especially good at word games but I seem to be good at Banagrams. I don't have a super strong vocabulary and I'm a terrible speller which means I don't use a lot of words that I think of because I'm not certain of the spelling. I don't know why but I'm pretty good at Bananagrams. I don't know if it's because I don't get frustrated by the extra Peels people call for or if I have the right amount of analysis of when to Dump or what but it means I often beat people who are smarter than me. I won all four games.

That wrapped up the evening. I've got gaming time with Shane (one of he cancelers) and his wife on Saturday of this weekend. I'm playing Race for the Galaxy with Brian today at lunch. It looks like the next shindig at my house will be a month from now. I'll almost certainly ask Brian and Alicia to bring over Arkham Horror so I can play it and we'll go from there.
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