Ben Bateson(ousgg)United Kingdom
Ross-on-WyeOi! Hands off...
Becky's birthday this week, and with it the chance to choose all the games for the night. This may have been a mixed blessing, not least for Becky who often prefers to leave that decision to others!
JP and Ben had BOTH managed to bring a copy of Qwirkle along, so it made some sort of sense to begin with that, and when Brian turned up shortly after the opening, we chucked in our hands and started again with four. Tony turned up halfway to do a sort of running commentary thing with Benedict, and John left the rest of us in his wake, beating me into second by eight points or so.
Given that we now numbered six, choice was somewhat limited, and Becky forsook Dixit and/or Transamerica for a couple of hands of 7 Wonders.
In fairness, it seemed to have been a long, long time since the Wonders appeared on the Ross table, but Brian struggled a little under Tony's overwhelming tutelage. Benedict fared much better, although possibly a little bit mono-enthusiastic in terms of building gigantic armies, such are the inclinations of young boys.
Tony pipped me to the first game (mostly because I had overlooked Becky snaffling up two military points at a critical stage from her wonder), and when Brian declined to hang around for a re-match I reversed matters with a whopping 53 points, helped in no small part by a couple of crucial Guilds.
Time to lighten up a bit was the decision, and Dixit just pipped out Balderdash, given that we only had one box of 'Dashing cards and didn't want to tire them out too soon after recent excursions.
Normally, I seem to be fairly hopeless at Dixit, relying on obtuse punnery and bizarre sporting references which sail a mile over other people's heads. But somehow everything turned out just right tonight, and I got dealt the right cards to throw everyone else off the scent. Becky did well, as usual, and the Boddle was left miles and miles behind.
7 Wonders-teaching having taken up most of our night, we had but time for one more swift closer, and Steeplechase was an obvious choice, given that it had been especially engraved in celebration of Becky's birthday. Benedict was pleased, for his maiden game of this had resulted in victory, but he was bested this time and I came back from a rather elementary dealing error to take things on the line.
My celebrations next week...