Not a full session report, just a couple of things which happened tonight.
Three players: me, Big Scott, and Dan. (Yeah, if you recognize these bozos from another session report, you may note that D'har is not present; neither are pie & ice cream.)
In our group, the most feared & hated card is Buddy. ("Opponent will not attack you unless you attack first. This is permanent until you attack.") As Big Scott has noted, the name of the Buddy card is misleading; it should be called "Inspire Hate" or "Enrage Player." We'd all rather be hit by Sudden Death, or Slow Death, or even A Family Trip To Mexico Where You All Drink The Water, Featuring 24 Hours Of Vomiting, Diarrhea, And One Toilet. (Uhh, that one's written entirely in pencil, and typically ends the gaming session.)
So, you can understand that I was quite pleased to:
- Power Run... (lets you trade hit points for movement)
- plus Amplify... (conveniently, Power Run says, in pencil, "AMPLIFY lets you run 2 squares per 1 point")
- over to Big Scott, where I cast Buddy on him...
- and then Reuse Spell on Buddy...
- and then continue the Power Run...
- over to Dan, where I cast Buddy on him too.
Ha ha haaaaa!
Not only did I put them in the position of only being able to attack each other, I also crushed their spirit. Your Buddy can only hurt you in ways which are explicitly not attacks, such as casting Destroy Wall on a wall next to you, or using Waterwall to push you through a Wall of Fire or into a Thornbush. Your Buddy's cries of pain & helpless rage are really what make this game worth playing, and to have everyone as my Buddy... it just doesn't get any better than that.
To savor the sweetness of this unprecedented achievement, I dawdled. Rather than running for the treasure closest to my base, I ran for the one which was a little farther away, because it's the one Big Scott was going for. ("Oh, I'm sorry, Buddy, did you want this treasure? Since you're my Buddy, you don't mind if I keep it, do you? Gee, I sure like having you as my Buddy; remember when you weren't my Buddy, and you would just attack me whenever you wanted to?" etc.)
With that Power Run, I'd burned myself down to eight points, so I was mildly alarmed when Dan hit me with a Destroy Wall.
"Four points!? Let me see that!"
He was right. Well, OK, I've still got four points left, and I'm going to win the turn after next, so fine.
The next turn, he hits me with another Destroy Wall, killing me.
Early in the second game, Big Scott had hit Dan with a Destroy Wall for four points; late in the game, Dan and I are standing on his base (the turn before, I'd picked up the treasure he'd left there, and he'd just gotten back with a second). I hit him with Sudden Death, leaving him with one life point. (Yeah!) Now, I can wait around for a turn and punch him to death, or run off... I choose to run off, as I'm only two or three turns away from winning (and I don't want him hitting me with Drop Object or something and winning the game). Big Scott will have line-of-sight to Dan on his turn anyway, so Dan's as good as dead.
Because of an earlier Rotate Sector, there's a straight shot from Big Scott's base to Dan's base. Big Scott drops my treasure on his base, and then runs over to Dan's base. Will he punch Dan--killing him--and grab the treasure? Maybe he'll cast Drop Object and grab the treasure?
No... he casts Slow Death. On the guy with one hit point.
Now that's funny.
Cruel, but funny. (Slow Death causes you to take a point of damage every time you draw a card. You don't have to draw cards, but without them, your life sucks.)
Scott and I stop laughing a moment later: on his turn, Dan casts Drag... and drags my treasure from Scott's base to his own... and then drops the treasure he's carrying, winning the game.
Big Scott, it is your fault we're never playing this damn game again!
How tall is justice?
Who IS this masked man? And WHY has he never been photographed together with 6 year old millionaire playboy Calvin?
I see a world that's tired and scared of living on the edge too long.
Your session reports on this game make me want to find a copy of my own. If only Chessex would co-operate and release that reprint.
The BBC series is far better than the excellent NBC one. Now go watch it.
This is not me but I have been known to dance like David Brent on occasion.
I hate the BUDDY card.
I remove it and REPLACE SECTOR from the deck when I play.
BUDDY because it pissed people off and slows the game down and REPLACE SECTOR becuase I hate having to move an entire board.
The pieces are hard enough to keep situated to begin with and ROTATE SECTOR is enough of a hassle.
I did replace them with two fun cards from the first expansion though so as not to unbalance the deck.
Now if I could just find some people to play.