Larry WelbornUnited States
South CarolinaClemson 40 Oklahoma 6
We finally had a proper Friday Family Game Night for the first time in a while. I decided to let each of us pick a relatively short game to play.
I went first and chose Blokus. This was our 21st play but only the 2nd one since 2009. I'm pretty good at this game and it showed. I was able to get all of my pieces on the board, finishing up with the 1 square for the bonus.
Final Scores: Larry 20, Son -12, Daughter -13, Melissa -19. The only surprise was that my son edged out my daughter for 2nd place as she usually snags 2nd.
Melissa got to pick the next game and she chose 10 Days in the USA.
This was the 54th playing of this game that we play several times each year. I started with a mess and tried to work from both ends. I was left with trouble in the middle. Melissa claimed the win, with my son one turn away from victory and my daughter only a move or two behind. Me? Not so close. Winner: Melissa.
My daughter got to pick the next game and she picked Chicken Cha Cha Cha.
This was our 27th play but only our third since 2009. I managed to get the win, which I believe is my first and only win ever in the game. Melissa asked if I was getting better or was it the result of the kids getting older? I will stick with me getting better.
The final game of the night was selected by my son. He picked King of Tokyo.
This was our 4th play of a game I received for Christmas. My monster knocked out my son when he didn't leave Tokyo. It then became a race among the rest of us and I was able to claim the win. I didn't record the scores but won by several victory points.
On Sunday, I brought out one of my all-time favorite games: Tikal.
This was our 11th recorded play but I had dozens of plays before I started keeping records here. This was our first play since 2009 as the kids were too young then and I don't really like it as a 2 player game.
I jumped to a slight lead during the first two scoring rounds, but Melissa tied me at the end of the 3rd round, with both kids doing well, but not well enough to win.
The final scoring round was good for me, but not good enough. My daughter had the honor of the highest scoring final round, but Melissa had the honor of the victory.
Final Scores: Melissa 109, Larry 108, Daughter 98, Son 82.