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Tuesday Evening Games (TEG) - Dec. 11 - Battling Tops, Dragonmaster, Samurai, Seven Sisters and my personal list of best looking games

Gary Heidenreich
United States
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December 11, 2012

This week it was four. Kevin, Timm, Mike, and myself. Four really opens up what you can and cannot play So, what do we play? Since it was sitting on the table, we played some rounds of Battling Tops. I've gotta practice before the tournment at the Geekway this year. I want to WIN! LOL. Even not, the game is so much fun. Lots of laughs, cheers, etc. We haven't put money on it, yet. Heh. No idea who won or lost as we weren't keeping track. But some damn good matches happened, I tell you whut.

After the laughes subsided I pulled out Seven Sisters to play. We kept the boards in the regular order but added the Charity cards to play. We taught Mike the game in a nutshell and off we went. I did not pay attention to who had earned what tokens in the first round and that hurt as I wasn't sure who was going to get a set or not or what they would battle over. I didn't make the best use of my cards in the first round, either. I got Charity cards (let you gain two fruit or two gold) in every round but the last and used them (which helped). In the fourth round, I lost the battle for Envy (that Timm won) so he moved my nearly guaranteed fifth round win of Lust cubes to Envy, giving him that token. Regardless, neither of us won as Kevin had 13 points. Timm had 12, I had 8 and Mike had 6. I'm not sure about the Charity cards. It was nice but if you got two of them, that sort of hoses you if you don't want them. Even one can if you would rather had flexiblity on the boards.

Next up was Dragonmaster. Game #2 in the database and an old favorite of mine back in the early 80's. Played it so much the cards were damn near like cloth. Well, we started play again (knowing we wouldn't finish the game, again) and played with the advanced rules. We got through Kevin as dealer and almost through my deal. No power plays were attempted. Those are difficult. Expert rules would be set for Secret power plays. That could be fun. So, yeah, didn't get the full game of this in. But, I know we all want to get this one back out much sooner and play the full game. I love this game as it's an outstanding trick taking game. Again, no winner or loser as we didn't get through the whole game.

Kevin had to go pick up his kid so it was Mike, Timm and I. We broke out Samurai (funny, game #3 in the database). The three of us have played many games of this on and offline, so it was perfect as it had been awhile for any of us. My initial tiles I drew really lead to a very aggressive start as I tried to keep my majority and cause ties to end the game. That petered out with Timm managing the win, ending the game on tiebreakers, over Mike and I. Quick and intense. Love the game! I also think that there is not a prettier game, in person, than this.

Gary's Prettiest Games - or the games I find most appealing, looks wise (off the top of my head in no special order)

Age of Steam second ed.
Die Macher second ed.
The GIPF Project series

What are some of yours? I'd like to hear.

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