This nasty, mind-twisting trick-taking game continues to be a group favorite. With the departure of Darren, we were down to six gamers. We all agreed on Sticheln ... and the nastiness commenced!
Joey zoomed out of the gates in the first round, scoring an impressive 16 points. Spouey, Dave and I managed to score positive points in the round and no one suffered egregiously.
Round 2 was a different story. Joey was shut-out, while I managed to score 11 points, pulling within 3 points of the leader. Willerd, however, was blasted, sinking to a negative 35 points! Entering the final round (we opted for just 3 hands due to the late hour), four of us were still in realistic contention for a victory (Joey, Spouey, Dave and myself).
The final round was close, but I managed to avoid the slew of negative cards being directed at me from my opponents. I successfully overcame Joey's slim lead and captured the victory.
Greg: 2 + 11 + 12 = 25
Joey: 16 + 0 + 6 = 22
Keith: -3 + 4 + 12 = 13
Spouey: 7 + 1 - 5 = 3
Dave: 5 + 6 - 10 = 1
Willerd: -5 - 35 - 4 = -44
Ratings: Keith 8, Greg 8, Dave 7, Spouey 7, Joey 7, Willerd 5.5