After mangling a few rules last week, we decided to bring Rich Borg's
new Pig Pile to the table again. We had the same cast of characters as
last week (the players & the pigs!), Jim, Spouey, Joey, Dave and myself.
We again stumbled over the 'Hog Wash' rule, but eventually got it
right. At that point, the game moved quite swiftly. Sure there are
some strategies, but they are about as deep as, say, The Great Dalmuti.
It seems that the main strategy in the game is, of course, properly
managing your cards and washing the pile at the right moment if you seem
to be in danger of taking it. Otherwise, attempt to force the play on
an opponent who will unlikely be able to match or exceed the top card of
the Pig Pile, thereby being forced to take it.
However, in spite of its shallow strategy pool, the game is quite fun to
play. I played it again twice over the weekend with my wife's family
and it was a BIG hit. It's just fun.
Joey won the first two hands, amassing an army of six pigs. Jim
remained close, capturing second place in both of those rounds. He
closed the gap in round three to just one pig, but was shut-out in the
final round. I, meanwhile, continued by abysmal performance, capturing
only 2 pigs in the first 3 rounds. I somewhat redeemed myself in the
final round by winning the hand, but the pig pen was ruled by Joey.
Joey: 3 + 3 + 1 + 1 = 8
Jim: 2 + 2 + 2 + 0 = 6
Spouey: 1 + 1 + 3 + 1 = 6
Greg: 1 + 0 + 1 + 3 = 5
Dave: 0 + 1 + 0 + 2 = 3
Ratings: Joey 8, Jim 7, Spouey 7, Dave 7, Greg 6