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Dave Wilson
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At the end of Bohnanza there was some discussion of maybe breaking up into two groups, but instead Sterling brought out one of his games that supports 7 players. It was a new game to game night, but it's been around for quite some time, having won the Spiel des Jahres award ("Game of the Year", awarded in Germany) in 1986. It's called Top Secret Spies.

We set out the spies and dealt out the cards, and got started. Richard brought out his dice boot, a plastic thingy to make dice rolling easier and more contained, that had just been delivered from Plenary Games. It fit in the middle of the board quite well, as if it were built for that space.

The spies initially moved in fits and starts. Eventually the first scoring occurred when the blue spy hit 7, giving it the early lead. Of course, that meant it was the first target, and it got hammered hard. But everyone else continued moving up, and more scorings occurred. Green next took the lead, and started getting targetted (of course). Orange was next to suffer the same fate. But somehow those two colors didn't suffer as much as blue did, and they never did drift too far from the lead.

The two hardest hit (other than blue, of course) at the beginning were gray and purple. Of course, they get so far back that people start taking pity on them, and they made their move. Purple kept creeping up and up. As tokens started closing in on the finish line, green and orange were in the lead, with blue and purple not too far behind. People moved green to higher and higher numbers, until it finally went too far and landed on the -3 building. This meant that orange just needed to make sure blue and purple didn't overtake it, and then finish the game. And that's just what happened, as Dave, revealing himself as orange, moved that token 1 and then moved red 2 to land on the safe and cause the final scoring round. Turning over his card, Dave confirmed that he was indeed orange, and had come away with the victory.
 
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