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Dave Wilson
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There was still a little time left in the evening, and all seven of us were up for one last game. 6 nimmt! was suggested, as was Bohnanza and Pit. But the game that found the table was Rage.

Interestingly, even though the rule in Xactika (which we had played earlier in the evening) where the total tricks bid must not equal the number available does not exist in Rage, we still had some trouble making bids. Everyone missed a bid at least once, and Dave missed it a whopping five times! Richard jumped out to an early lead, making his first three bids, and even collecting a "+5" card, for a three round total of 38. Jon was next closest at 29 at that point. But the tides of fortune shifted. By the end of turn 6, both had come back to the pack, with 37 and 26 points, respectively.

The pack, meanwhile, did their part to overtake them. Helen and Stiev in particular did particularly well, with 50 and 44 points respectively at this point. Dave, meanwhile, was having a miserable time with his cards, unable to make anything work. After turn 6 he had just 12 points. A few zero bids boosted his score a little, and he was able to get himself out of last place, but still had no impact on the leaders.

In Rage the number of cards in a hand decreases by one each time, starting with 10 cards in the first hand, and ending with one card in the last hand. As a result, bids get a little more unpredictable as the game goes on. There are fewer cards in play, so there may not be as much trump, and cards that normally wouldn't take a trick do take a trick. Also, as the game goes on a zero bid is a lot more likely to be successful. We saw both situations occur. Jon, Dave and Richard just couldn't do anything with the cards they were dealt. For example, in the two-card round, Dave was dealt a 7 and 3 of the trump suit. How does one bid that? There could be another trump card out there. But what if there isn't? Dave bid 1. There was no other trump card out there. Trump was never changed. Dave took two tricks. But the others, most notably Stiev and Helen, were able to ride out their zero bids and preserve their leads. And since Helen was ahead of Stiev at turn 6, she retained her lead through the last four hands and finish the game the winner.
 
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