Scott LewisUnited States
ColoradoDread Our Coming, Suffer Our Presence, Embrace Our Glory (Solonavi War Cry)
After running a bunch of errands during the day on Saturday, I was ready to relax and enjoy an evening at home with my girls. The younger two wanted to watch a video ("Barbie as Rapunzel", yay!), but Kortnee wanted to play some games with me.
We started with a game of Pokemon. I hadn't really tweaked my deck since last time, and I don't think she had either, so we just jumped right in. I started with an Oddish, which I upgraded to a Gloom soon, but Kortnee's Pokemon was able to do some damage. I brought in Tropius, and healed my Gloom, and eventually started tearing apart her Pokemon with Tropius' Wind Slash.
However, she eventually took Tropius down, after I had won 2 or 3 prizes. She had a Togekiss, and was getting very lucky with the Air Cutter, slicking down my Pokemon one by one. I did eventually whittle Togekiss down, but she used Blessed Wing to heal all her Pokemon and return Togekiss to her rather reduced deck. Soon after, we were both down to 1 prize each, with my Umbreon fighting against her Crocanaw. It ended up coming down to a couple lucky coin flips going my way, as I beat her probably 2 turns before she would have beat me. But we both had a lot of fun.
After that, we decided to try a game I just picked up on Friday, Ticket to Ride: Nordic Countries. I knew she fit the age requirement, but wasn't sure how she'd do because of the unfamiliar countries and names. My worries were for naught, though. She took a knack to the game, and was able to track down her routes very well. She played pretty conservatively, sticking with shorter routes, but was getting a good selection of them, and was claiming a lot of segments. I was doing pretty good at first, but took a gamble late in the game with some new routes, forgetting to count my remaining trains. In the end, I got trounced - she had 114 points to my 63! Nice work, Kort!
Finally, we decided to try Terra Prime. Now, I have a guilty confession to make - the "copy" I have was self made, because I'm waiting for my tax return to come in, and also wanted to try the game out before I committed to buying it. However, for what it's worth, I think (at least after one play) it's a game that I'll enjoy, so as soon as I can, I'm gonna get myself an "official" copy so I can feel less guilty
Anyway, Kortnee took to the rules rather well. At first, I thought I was going to handle her easily, as I claimed several Demands early on, while she was just building a couple colonies. But I started to realize she was being smart; thus far, I only had a couple Blue colonies, and she had a Green and a Yellow... and I needed the cubes for the techs and demands I wanted, and due to some hostile aliens, I wanted the guns! I kept feeding her points while using her system, until I eventually decided to found my own Yellow colony. Meanwhile, she successfully fought off some aliens (bribed them, really), and took a Red colony, which I needed to build up some shields. So more points for her. She kept exploring while I was frantically trying to finish up some demands, but that wasn't enough - she outplayed me. In the end, she had 100 points to my 73.
Definitely enjoying playing games with my not-so-little-anymore girl! Although she's still 8 years old, she's definitely getting a knack for thinking things through. Not long term all the time (she's still struggling with that in Merchants & Marauders, for instance. But she's getting there. She liked all 3 of the games I played tonight, which is a large part of why I'm going to pull the trigger on Terra Prime as soon as I can!