Gary Heidenreich(bop517)United States
Surprisingly, today Chris was the first to arrive (normally he is on time and Timm and Kevin are early). We were going to crank out a quick game of Balloon Cup when Kevin and Timm arrived. I ended up just giving Chris the synopsis of the rules. With just the four of us we decided to play Double Some'R'Set. Because of how we were sitting at the table, we changed up the normal teams. It was Timm and myself versus Chris and Kevin (CK). CK started out by bidding and winning the first hand. They only bid 13 and sand bagged three points. Not bad for being a bit rusty, as we hadn't played for awhile. Then Timm and I came back winning the next few hands. Bidding started out low, but I ended up pushing it up as I would "squint" to see if I can gather up more points in my hand. The last hand ended up CK winning the bid but being set. That meant double the points for Timm and I. We ended up winning 76-10. If you are not familiar, you do not get any points UNLESS you win the bid and then are successful in getting your bid during play. Awesome game!
We had about 20 minutes until Jeff arrived so we tossed the dice and grilled up some wormies with Pickomino. The dice were going my way as on the first turn of the game for me, I pulled the 36 off the board. I didn't mark the score as it was a runaway by me. I would not be denied with dice on this day!
Jeff arrived so we started a game of Kingsburg but by about after the first round, Jamey arrived. Instead of having him sit for the majority of the game, we aborted it and started fresh. One of the six player games in the rotation is Around the World in 80 Days, a quality race game (and one of my all time favorite books as a kid). We gave Jamey a rundown on the rules and off we went. Throughout the game, I was putting the pressure on the group by jumping out to a positional lead on the map. I was hoping people would keep moving at a sub-optimal pace, using cards they didn't want to not fall too far behind. When my piece hit London first, it looked like it might have been a pretty effective strategy, but it was not to be as others were a bit more efficient in their travels. Chris ended up with 69 days, Timm at 73, I was at 74, Jamey at 75. Jeff ended at 79 days and Kevin did not meet us at the pub after 80 days, he ended at 87 days. A pretty tight game where you are not necessarily sure who is the true front runner. Great six player game, as well.
We had time for one more game, so we busted out one of the other standbys, Condottiere. This is one we all had played before so we were able to just jump right in. It was a tough battle, lots of Bishops played, it ran the gamut. Chris ended up with the win on this one. Details are hard to track in this one. But, as always, a fun game.
The game was also quite lively with conversation and such. Really, the whole night was. The Skull was broken out with yummy vodka for everyone, all sorts of beers and music by Nazarath, Matthew Sweet, Love and Rockets, and some heavy mix discs, as well. (no, not WASP, THAT was Nazarath).
Next week is my birthday game day...I get to pick all the games!!!!!