(Anton, Dan, Eric, Paul L.)
Rich and Paul H. arrived and began playing a tabletop baseball series. Paul L. also came in and introduced himself. He's been reading about MVGA on the internet and decided to come see us. We looked for a short game and picked Ra, a perennial MVGA favorite that is currently out of print.
Ra is a game of limited choices. You must make the most of your nine bids, and you must choose an effective course of action early in the game (waffling back and forth will almost surely result in defeat.) Anton seized a huge lead in Pharaohs early, discouraging the others from trying to catch him. He also began picking up a monument here and a monument there, eventually making it to eight types with a triple. The rest of us were less successful in specializing, and we paid the price as Anton ran away from us.
Final scores: Anton 48, Dan 38, Eric 34, Paul L. 30.
Eric's rating: 9. Ra plays quickly once you learn it, and it works very well for 3, 4 or 5 players. This feature lets you add a player who comes in as you're setting up a 3- or 4-player game. We're evenly matched in Ra, as each of the regulars wins from time to time, so it's a particularly competitive game for us.