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Subject: TVB - 4 Player - Ask not for whom the bull rolls... rss

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Richard Pardoe
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As both of our first games played relatively quickly, we had time for a final game. We opted for a game that we had played before to reduce the rules explanation. Our choice was _Viva Pamplona_ and has Sabrina had played this game in the past also, she joined us for a final 4 player game. (We last played this on 29 June 2005 during "V" week in our journey through the alphabet last year and a description of the game play is found in that session report - also posted on the geek.)

This time, the bull was off and running quickly jumping out 8 spaces leaving 9 pawns in his wake. As we quickly moved up to the bull who finally attacked near the first bend in the course. Rich was adjacent to the bull with 2 pawns - but was in the safety space. We tried the "house" rule that safety spaces prevent any points whether in front or behind, so Rich did not get the 6 points he would have been entitled to otherwise. The bull in this game was a quick one continuing to charge ahead leading most players and attacks saw people lose points or just barely stay even.

The tomato patch again halted everyone for a bit, but not the bull who quickly jumped over. But the bull was to run out of steam in the final push. Moving slowly and allowing the players to catch up and start to enter the stadium. A quick survey of the table revealed that Jeff appeared to be in the lead, so Dave (and Rich) took a chance that the bull would attack while it was 1 space from the end. The luck of the cards had the bull attacking gaining points for both Dave and Rich. Still behind Jeff's points - both took a chance again and again the bull attacked.

But such was not to last forever, and the bull finally entered the stadium, but not before all the players had done so also. Points were tallied:

Sabrina: 13
Rich: 29
Jeff: 33
Dave: 42

Dave's play (and good fortune) of capturing points for the last bull rampages pays off for the win. Sabrina suffered from racing a bit too fast to the stadium and ending up in the cheaper seats (lower points).

Viva Pamplona is a nice lighter game. Plays well with a large groups and captures the pandemonium of running with the bulls. Having played with the orange spaces as just a payment space and as a "don't gain/lose points" space, I find I prefer the as-written rules - landing in an orange space just costs the point. As one can get pushed into the space, these spaces offer to opportunity to encourage the pushing and shoving that is part of the game.
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