So for the first time ever, the group met at Tony's house, with Keuth, Richard and James also in attendance. First up: Taj Mahal.This is a game owned by James but at which he feels he does not excel. Would tonight be any different now that Alan has moved on?
The rules and scoring mechanisms were quickly explained and away we went. James demonstrated early on a very crafty strategy of ducking out first round if it looked as if a long bidding war was in the offing. That way he could build his hand of cards for later rounds. Tony very early on obtained two yellow philosophers and used the plus 2 points almost every turn to very good effect. One nice ploy used by Keth was to dump a single card, force others to compete and then duck out, sometimes getting some points into the bargain. It was pretty nip and tuck throughout, with the outcome only being decided in the final scoring as follows:
James was so upset at coming last he threatened (only half jokingly) to leave the game at Tony's house.