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Ok....this is my first session report so please stay the hounds.
I had a chance to play Saboteur with the relatives for our annual Thanksgiving get-together. Here is how it went...but first, a little history of how board gaming and Thanksgiving became tradition in our family.
About 5 years ago, I married my wife and along with my wife, I inherited their annual Thanksgiving get-together. Every Thanksgiving, we would drive up to Bartlesville Oklahoma to visit Grandmother and do the Turkey thing and enjoy being with family. After my first year, I discovered 2 things:
1. They cook...alot! Which is fine with me because I love to cook.
2. Their wasnt much else planned after that. The result being the "kids" would end up being bored (the kids are usually the guys...college age up to 50+).
So for the second year, I brought up a game that would hopefully pass some time. Being that there were about 6 "kids", I selected Bang! Suprisingly it was a huge hit and since then, I have been tasked with bringing a game for Thanksgiving (it also gives me a valid excuse to buy a new game every year).
ok ok, I know "get to the session report already".
Like Bang! Saboteur is well suited for 6+ players (it does play less, but I dont think its as much fun). Because of this, I selected it to be this year's Thanksgiving game.
I had played Saboteur a couple of times with my regular gaming group and found it to be a riot. It was my opinion that the game was less about finding the gold and more about finding the saboteur (and making every illogical accusation along the way..."he scratched his nose, he must be the saboteur"). We really never cared too much about who won. From my point of view, the game was a great conversation starter.
Taking this to the Thanksgiving crowd, I expected them to like it because it shared the same mechanic of hidden roles with Bang!
At first, it was a lot of fun as people were getting a feel of it and getting into the spirit of accusing each other of being a traitor...then something happened that caused me to change my view of the game. Its hard to explain, but the game got in the way of the fun. One of the guys (one of the smarter...and competitive ones) had figured out that if a certain person had won the current round, then he would have no chance of, gasp, winning the game. He started to act up and complained about how other people weren't smart enough to figure it out. This was the first time that I had realized that there was a goal other than to accuse someone as being a saboteur. Up until then, I had always held to the idea that it was very hard for the saboteur's to ever win (baring a good draw), but now I can see that it has just the right balance.
That day, Saboteur lost a lot of its magic to me. Its hard for me now to play the game in the same naive light that I had. Now I am thinking about how much gold everyone has and, like multiprocessing on a computer, other processes suffer (having fun and making wild accusations in jest).
Anyway, I will still recommend Saboteur to play, but only with the right (not as competitive) crowd.
So, my advice, play Saboteur...keep it simple...have a great time...dont worry so much about trying to win. If you do this, you will be rolling on the floor with laughter as the accusations fly.
- Last edited Sat May 19, 2007 12:33 pm (Total Number of Edits: 1)
- Posted Fri Dec 29, 2006 7:47 pm
It does require the right crowd for this game to be really fun, but thankfully so far I haven't found a group with whom I won't play it.
Have you tried the variant where "good Dwarves with broken tools get no gold" if you find the gold? We ALWAYS play with this rule (and in fact I always teach this rule anyway). This adds a lot of spice to the game, as in later rounds honest Dwarves suddenly become targets too.