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Subject: shot in the head rss

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Greg Kurzawa
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So Mom's out for a visit and I pull down Lost Cities for some fun. I teach rules, not tactics, so I keep my mouth shut when she invests in all five expeditions. She'll learn. After a first round of minus 60-something she squints her eyes and revises her strategy. A game later she's scoring in the black, two games later she's beating me. But on the final game something absolutely beautiful happened. Early on I toss a yellow nine on the discard pile. I see her eyeing it suspiciously, but she doesn't snag it, so I bury it beneath two investments and some low numbers. She takes the bait! After picking up the low numbers I say: "Wow. You're really going to dig down there for that nine, eh?"

"You bet I am!"

She takes the first investment -- plays it, takes the second.

And then, right from under her nose, I steal that nine. A confused look crosses her face. You know how in war flicks when two soldiers are just sitting there having a smoke and chatting about food and chocolate, then suddenly one of them gets sniped mid-sentence, and his blood kind of spatters across the other guy's face? There's a moment of startled bewilderment -- disbelief. That was exactly her face! I love Mom, but I laughed and laughed.

Her game changed after that. She got a lot better suddenly; she realized in that moment that she wasn't playing by herself, that she had an opponent, and her opponent wanted to win.

Who says Lost Cities isn't confrontational?
 
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Dave Heberer
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Boy, that escalated quickly. I mean that really got out of hand fast.
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My mom is very competitive, and had I done that to her, I wouldn't have gotten cake for a year when I visit her. I like my mom's cake...
 
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Mike Merten
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I love it to play nasty. So I love Lost Cities devil
 
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Guy Riessen
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Ah yes, so many times, when you hear, after explaining the rules, "okay, so it's just like we're both playing solitaire, right?" Riiiight....
 
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