Games, games and more games!
We had a new player, Haley, join us, who’d only played a few of “our” games before, making us 6 in total, although as one player didn’t arrive until late and another left early, we were actually 5 for most of the evening! Sami and I started with a few 2 player games while waiting for everyone else to arrive, as they were all a bit late – Odds On, and Monopoly Deal Card Game. Then we were 5, so introduced Haley to Carcassonne. No-one except Sami or I was brave enough to go farming, not being quite sure of how it scored, but while we were fighting over the large farm, Marion and Haley managed to complete a mega-city, which scored them far more points than either of us got for faming!! Marion won, being the only player to go above 100 points. Richard, having been in neither the big city or the large farming region, was at the back.
Next came Fauna, which we thought Haley might be good at, having been to the zoo earlier that day, in which we seemed to draw quite a large number of African animals, and the koala bear brought up a big discussion about their lack of tails!
After that came Vegas Showdown – Sami went for the very bizarre strategy of buying THREE Fancy Restaurants, despite not having a restaurant. In fact the game seemed to be conspiring to stop both Sami and I buying restaurants – every time we thought we’d saved the 15 necessary there was either Taxes or Restaurant Builders on Strike!
Colin arrived as we finished, so our next player was a 6 player, or two 3s. Haley said she was leaving at 10pm, so we decided to play a short 6 player – Ave Caesar. She enjoyed the first race so much she stayed for a second... and a third... and a fourth – finally leaving quite a lot after 10pm!!!
After that we wanted a 5 player, and Shadows over Camelot was suggested. It was clear from early on that Richard was the traitor, so we didn’t do much to stop him dying! However, losing both the solo quests due to the cards for them coming out very quickly, and then struggling to find enough Grail cards to save the Grail meant we couldn’t stop ourselves losing, so the dead traitor was victorious. He chose Jungle Speed as the end of evening finisher – and Richard and I three times managed a simultaneous grab that no-one could decide who had won!