To report on a filler is strange you might say,
This could take longer to read than the game takes to play.
And while the game is quite simple (that’s certainly true),
Yet, still you should read, for this could happen to you!
The clock chimed eleven, and after a long, busy day,
I nearly fell off my chair when I heard my wife say,
“I’m not ready for bed yet, how bout a game?
That new one, the short one, I can’t remember the name.”
“Tides of Time,” I replied, “it was a great little find,”
And I grabbed for the game before my wife changed her mind.
Set up was easy, simple and slick,
My rules explanation, impressively quick.
As I dealt out our hands, my wife looked at each card,
Then commented, “This looks confusingly hard!”
I laid out my cards and proceeded to coach,
Showing options I had, what might be my approach.
“There’s no immediate payoff, you must take a long view,
Imagine what your cards will best allow you to do.”
The Maze of the Damned was the first card I played,
And The Roof of the World soon beside it was laid.
Wendy’s Eternal Palace followed her Golden Liggurat,
Then she said, “Now Sapphire Port seems like a good bet.”
With Blood Tear Spring, I looked to my green for a score,
But forced to take Vestibule, my green majority was no more!
“You sort of told me your plans,” my dear wife confessed.
“So I planned hard to destroy them, I hope you’re impressed!”
She had a score of fifteen, I had five noughts in a row,
“Don’t worry,” I said, “there’s two rounds left to go.”
I kept Sapphire Port, she kept Mana Well,
But she disliked her new cards, I could certainly tell.
“This Molehill’s confusing, I don’t understand!”
So I showed her its function, using the cards in my hand.
She collected on Mana Well when the round came to a close,
And with Sapphire Port and Molehill, her score quickly grows.
“You did better that round,” says she, “you got fifteen.”
But her second round thirty’s one of the best scores I’ve seen.
I grumbled, “You did it again, you knew how I’d play.”
“Of course,” she replied, “I don’t ignore what you say.”
“I won’t need your help now, your relics are poor,
Especially compared to the two I have in store!”
I stared at my choices and knew she is right,
My future in this round was not very bright.
“Face it,” she says, “you know I’m the queen.”
Soon the third round was over, thirty-five to eighteen.
Wendy looked at the score sheet, “That’s eighty for me,”
“That figures,” I groaned, “I’ve got thirty-three!”
I saw a smirk on her face before she turned her head,
And stated, “I’m tired, I’m going to bed!”
Sometimes she reminds me of Muhammad Ali,
You know, that “Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee!”
I stared at the totals and thought, my score’s a disaster,
But at “rope-a-dope” play, my girl is a master!
Go ahead if you want, show your cards if you choose,
But whatever you do, don’t complain if you lose!
A short, simple lesson, oft forgotten, but then,
Good news, a happy wife who will soon play again!
He’s busy, she’s busy, we’re busy, too,
If you’re busy, Tides of Time might be for you!
Easy and quick, a great travel game,
A limited deck, yet no two games seem the same.
Lovely to look at and you won’t overspend,
This is a game that we both recommend!
“Don't try the paranormal until you know what's normal.” - Granny Weatherwax
Total unplayed games in my collection: 4
Augusto E. Rodrigues