Games, games and more games!
There were 6 of us, but never more than 5 for a particular game. We started with my present from Sami from the US – a copy of Sorry! Sliders! I was very bad at it, but it was quite fun! Next we pulled out Show Manager, with 5, and James managed something I’ve never seen before, and produced a Queenie with all 4 9s, as his first production too! Sadly it didn’t help him get many points, as Colin put Queenie on in Troisdorf. I won, by getting top place in both the top two places with my Ballet and King Lear, but the less said about my other two productions the better!
A new member of the group, Neil, arrived while we were playing, and Sami dropped out to go to bed (he hadn’t slept at all on the plane flight back from the US the previous night), and as I had the choice the next game was The Princes of Florence. Neil had played it before, but not for a while, and Richard had only played it a couple of times. The main competition for the win was between Colin and I, with Colin just pipping me by one point! Competition for builders was particularly fierce this game!
Colin got the next choice, and brought a selection down, from which we chose Breaking Away, a cycle racing game that Colin is amazing at. Colin lived up to his reputation, winning by miles, coming first in all three sprints, and also getting 2nd and 4th place at race end, which netted him far more points than any of the rest of us. In the middle of the race he was the only player to have a number bigger than 6 – and he had two bikes with more than that – I just don’t know how he always ended up at the back of the biggest packs!
Next we picked Modern Art from his pile, and it was very much a seller’s game, with prices for paintings going very high – often higher than they could possibly be worth as players got a bit over-keen and didn’t want to drop out! Colin only bought one painting all game, as he didn’t want to pay the prices asked!
I won, so chose the last game of the evening, and went for Ave Caesar, wanting something lighter. It was the usual fun – with James crashing and burning to void the first place and Neil magnetically attracted to outside bends (particularly the 1/3 bend that’s on both tracks. It was fairly close among the top three players, while Neil and Richard only managed to finish one race each.
Neil left at that point, while the rest of us played one hand of Jungle Speed to finish with – a hand in which James never managed a successful grab, which meant we ended up with all three of the rest of us waiting to go out, while he turned cards up from the top of his deck – haven’t seen that very often!!