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Friday August 14th - ...play the same games?

Ben Bateson
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The blog this week might look somewhat familiar, as the officially logged plays were exactly the same as last week: two Innovations and a Snowdonia. But there was one very important difference...

We had a visitor! This is major cause for excitement in this day and age, especially when our guest was the revered Phil Dennis. Do I mean 'revered'? What's that word that means 'amiably baffled'?

Anyway, Phil joined us for our opening game of Snowdonia. Despite apparently not being able to run Skype and Yucata on the same device, he put up a sterling show in a game of such frenetic pace that his second turn came around before he'd finished post-morteming his first one. The game engine got in on the act as well: the weather was more Abu Dhabi than Betws-Y-Coed and stuff was being built at a frightening pace. At one point there were only 6 cubes in the bag, four of which were white, and we were in danger of finishing the game before the train-maintenance event, which certainly appealed to Phil as the sole train-operator. In the end, it was being able to score my fourth contract card that made the difference, a thrilling 74-71-69-64 victory the outcome. It was all the more delicious watching Phil pip Tony into third place. But, you have to give the man credit. Just when you think you've seen everything in Snowdonia, wacky games like this come along and mess about with your preconceptions.

Phil couldn't cope with all this excitement and bade us a good night, so we finished matters with our tradition round-up of Innovation. The first game was notable for Becky stripping Tony's display of nearly everything, only for him to repeatedly attack her with his...er...mighty Anatomy. The second went to a 10-pile finish, which Tony neatly foresaw and boosted his scorepile to just enough.

One week same as the next week? Not a bit of it.
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