Fourth Game: Get the Goods
By now, Heather was ready to head on home. The rest of us were still interested in playing, however. Matt suggested playing this one again after having fun with it earlier in the evening. I was all for that. After taking a few minutes to explain the rules to Robert, we were off an away. This time I was out for variety only in the first round. Even with that concentrated effort, the first set of cards came out so quickly, I only had two melds down, as did Matt. Christine didn't manage to get one down at all.
In the second round, I continued to seek out some variety. However, the cards I was drawing were not conducive to building any of them up. When the second scoring round came up, I had a leading six different melds. However, I was unable to keep the lead in any of them. Robert focused on keeping his lead in Casinos and Antiques, both of which he put out of reach. Matt did not expand much, but did maintain the top spot in three of his four melds. Christine also managed to keep the lead in three of her melds -- scoring the most points for the round. She really needed that after the poor performance in the first round.
The third round saw me trying to dig out as many leading melds as I possibly could. I managed to reassert myself in Gold and fight to the lead in Jewelry. Matt, in the lead after round two, did little more than protect his lead in the three melds he already controlled. Robert was unable to make up any real ground, though he did get a nice double card on his Casinos, which really helped out his score especially with the four card penalty he picked up at the end. Christine also protected her leading melds, getting a double down on the Yachts. This helped her to again be the high scorer for the round. Once again, at thed end of the round, we each began to be really careful about our choices. With the number of potential cards coming out of the deck before your next turn, you didn't want to hold onto a bunch of cards. In the end, I was forced to draw a card, which resulted in the last dollar card coming out, ending the game.
Matt -- 28
Stephen -- 27
Christine -- 25
Robert -- 20
This was another tense, close game. It's amazing that Christine nearly engineered a win after her awful start. Then Matt and I battled it out for first, each using a somewhat different strategy. Fortunately for my view of the game, this time the results were not altered due to an inopportune dollar card appearance. As I said before, this is definitely a pleasant and interesting little game. Our total game time was still about 45 minutes.