March 6th, 2012
It was just Timm, Chris and I yesterday. We started off the evening by breaking out the game I'm working on. We made no tweaks from last week and went at it. With Timm and I knowing how it is playing now, we pretty much beat up on Chris with Timm and I each with 16 points and Chris had -1. Chris brought up a point to consider for the next plays and it will be something I'm going to pay attention to. If you take a trick, you lead. Sometimes, leading on a negative tile is not a good thing. Chris brought that up and it was something I thought about during the game, as well. So, we will see in future games. The time it took was right about 40 minutes and the scores were in line with the rest.
We milled about trying to find a game to play and Chris suggested The Climbers. We all played it once, perhaps a year and a half ago or something like that. We rehashed the simple rules and started to climb. Timm was the first to use a ladder but shortly after, I set myself up to use two ladders to be way up on everyone. That worked to my advangate as I worked to keep them lower as they were trying to climb. As it does in this game, it gets tight up in the nosebleed areas of the game and I managed to hold on to a victory.
Yspahan was next as it had been talked about for weeks now. Something we all know how to play and enjoy. Timm jumped out to an early lead and was really working the caravan. I had a slow start but picked it up later and Chris was grabbing the bulk of his points in the city itsself. Timm managed to hold on with 96 points. Chris stormed back and ended with 89 (I think he used almost all his cubes in the city). I ended with 75. It was the perfect game at that moment. It also solidified the night being quicker games, which was good as it had been awhile.
On that note, I pulled out Lectio. It had been months since we played on a Tuesday. My friend and his wife stopped over after shooting on Saturday to visit and we played a game of it then or it had been really quite a while since it came out. We had some great plays. Chris had a great hand the first round and managed to stick me with 10 tiles left (and a 2). My hand was quite good, as well, but it just didn't work out. Next hand I had all four 2's. I had to slap that down in play, just because. I didn't win that hand but still got a couple of points. Timm took that hand but got very few chips out of it. Third and final hand worked well for me and I managed to win and get a fair amount of chips. But, with Chris dominating the first hand, he ran way with the win with 134. I had 87 and Timm had 79 (we start with 100 points in chips). I need to go to more antique stores. I have these antique clay chips that are the same size of the chips that come with it, but they clink nicely and are nice, flat colors. The quality of the chip goes with the quality of the tiles (unlike the chips that come with the game). I finally got rid of the insert too. I liked it but couldn't store my chips with the game.
Back to the next game. Lots of short games yesterday. We broke out another old favorite of mine, Friday the 13th. I think it had been near two years since I last played. We taught Timm and away we went. After the first two hands, Timm had the lead but the last hand both Timm and I sucked up a bunch of purple and tied on it. Ouch. We both had to eat those points and Chris pulled out the win with 16, Timm had 20 and I had 26.
We ended the evening with another brisk game of Cartagena. I'm not sure but I think I had been playing it wrong by not allowing more than one play a turn. Maybe I had been playing it correctly, but I was thinking we had some games go long as this one took us right about 20 minutes. With the 'up to three' plays in a turn, it made the game fast and really good. I'm a Leo Colovini fan (I might have said that before). One of these days I want to have a day dedicated to all of his games. Anyways, I lost this one with 2 guys, Timm got four to the boat and Chris, with some really slick play, pulled out the surprise win. Good stuff!