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Tuesday Evening Games - December 6th/13th - Formula De (TEGCAR), Dominate Species

Gary Heidenreich
United States
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December 6, 2011

Yeah, this write up is late. Insanely busy at work with a stupid upgrade where our vendor failed to note that they "tightened up code" in regards to reading session limits, So, the after effect of this was it was working correctly (when over the last 10 years I had assumed it worked correctly). Madness ensued.

Pffft. I have a long weekend starting tonight. Whoo.

Anyways, we were going to have seven so we decided to Race #5 in the TEGCAR series (Formula Dé Circuits 27 - 30: USA Track Pack #2). But, before we got that going, we played a game of Pickomino before others arrived. Timm couldn't get a solid first roll, at all, and I couldn't not bust after some fabulous rolls to start each turn. Mike snagged the most worms with 8 and Chris grabbed 7 worms. Timm and I each failed to get one worm. Kevin arrived and we were waiting for Jamey and Jeff to race so we played a few games of No Thanks! It was an interesting three games. Mike won all three with scores of 15, 20, 7. Kevin and I each had two scores in the twenties and one in the teens. Chris scored all thirties and Timm scored all of his in the forties. It was a weird bit of consistency in what a fair amount of people say is a pretty random game.

Well, Jeff and Jamey arrived and it was time for the race. The race was at Detroit. We did not use any advanced rules for any of the races in this six race circut. Our next season we will probably have four races and we are going to do teams (and advanced rules). Should be really good. Well, as we always do, we rolled for pole position. I got the pole. The last shot of the skull made it out for the person who ended up starting last. Don't remember who that was and I'm not sure of the rest of the order but we were off on a wild race. Detroit isn't a really long track, but it's not really fast as we barely hit fifth gear at all and some of the turns really slow you down (one big three stop turn). The lead switched a few times, especially during the first lap. Jeff was running without any brakes or engine points after the first lap, most of us had to pit except for Kevin (maybe Mike, but I'm not sure). Mike pulled into the lead after the pits and noone was able to catch him. I was the first to crash as I whipped around turn three and rolled my car about 50 times. Jamey, of Superhawk Racing, blew by and hit the wall hard on turn 6, leaving his car in a pile of rubble. Mike took first, Chris took 2nd, Jeff, amazingly, took 3rd (he of no brakes and engine for a whole lap. Hell, he even spun out. Timm took 4th and Kevin finished 5th.

TEGCAR standings after 5 races

Team Canoe - 26
Team Beernuts - 25
Team Cracker - 24
Team Pantske - 22
Team Drift - 21
Team H - 14
SSS Corp - 9
Superhawk Racing - 0

Last race is at Monterrey and it's a really tight finish for the season. The winner will get a $25 gift certificate to Discount Licquer.

December 13th

Only three of us last night. Timm, Kevin and myself. As normal with the three of us, we played some hands of Schafkopf and again, I managed to be in the positive while Timm and Kevin propped me up with their negative scores.

We decided to revisit Dominant Species since Kevin had brought it by. We waited too long to play it again as it took us a bit to get up to speed on the rules and even longer to get back into the swing of the stratiges and tactics. I do need to buy or trade for a copy of this game as it is one I really enjoy. I like the play, I love the look. As the game went on, Kevin was sneaking out more and more with scoring opportunities where Timm and I were falling behind. I pushed for a Tundra strategy and it worked okay, but I did not get enough scoring in to make any type of ground, even with my flood the board with monkeys in the end game. Ultimately, Kevin scored 188, I had 152 and Timm had 139 (all scores approximate). I'm serious this time of getting this to the table sooner than later. I have only played this with three...is it better or worse, in your opinion, with more?

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