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Dave Wilson
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Helen and I carpooled over, and when we arrived, there were already six folks gathered around the table, playing what is perhaps the most popular game at game night, Sticheln.

As it turns out, they were just starting a practice hand. It was pretty much necessary, as three of the players were new to the game, and really, new to gaming in general. This wouldn't have been my suggestion for a gateway game. Helen went and took Heather's seat, so Heather could fix something for dinner, and Dave took a seat between Cindy and Joel, two of the newcomers, to help coach them through the experience. Neither had wonderful cards, and they had already chosen their misery color, so it was just explaining various nuances of play. Cindy ended up with a pretty good score (positive, anyway, though I didn't get a final score), while Joel finished with a -5, which was pretty remarkable considering the cards of his misery color he had had in his hand (14, 13, 12, 10, 7, 5). But it was a practice hand, so no harm done.

After the practice hand Jeff and Lynnette had also showed up, so we had 10 players, and decided to split into two groups. The others decided that this might not be the best intro game, so split off to a game of Carcassonne. Those who remained were Jim, Helen, Heather, and Joel (brave, brave Joel).

They had planned on four hands, so that everyone had a chance to deal once, but the Carcassonne game ended up going long, so they played five. The first hand was pretty safe, as no one ended up negative, but wasn't very dynamic, as the highest score was Heather's 10, so someone took some negative points. The second hand, though, was the disaster. Joel had a "learning experience", and wound up scoring -25 points for the hand. Heather had a brain lapse, as on one trick she knew she wanted to take it, and so trumped it, but did so with her misery color. One of the others then played another of her misery color just underneath, and as a result Heather wound up with -7 for the hand.

In the last three hands Joel got it figured out, and made some pretty good positive scores. He was able to finish the game with zero points, meaning he scored 25 good points in four hands. Nice job! Helen struggled in the third hand, scoring zero and setting herself back in the total score. All of that gave Jim the decided advantage after four hands, and in the final hand, though he was only able to total one point for the hand, none of the others were able to score high enough to get past him, meaning that Jim's 34 points for the game gave him the win.
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