Introduced Dragonmaster to the gang tonight as the appetizer game while we waited for the rest to arrive. First game was a 'let's see how we do at figuring out the rules while we play' attempt. Three players ( I have a habit of arriving early), were myself, Brenda and Wes, playing the Basic game. So no Power Plays.
I have to admit, the Basic game is pretty easy. Once we got the hang of ranks, it flowed quite nicely, with almost zero down time. Wes lost almost everything early on, achieving pauper status and never fully recovering during his stint as the DM.
15 hands took us less than 30 minutes, and ended up with Brenda as the winner with 127(K) points. This was kind of surprising since she started as the Dragonmaster, which can be a disadvantage. Other began arriving as we played, and interest became intense, leading to some mild arguments over who got to play the next game. Isn't it great when you introduce a game to your friends and it becomes an almost instant hit?
Second game was also basic, but with four players, so we played with all 32 cards. The Advanced and Expert games caused some confusion after reading through the rules, so we decided to not move so quickly. Probably a good thing. Players were:
Spell (Brenda 2)
Again, a fast moving game, with Brenda again starting as DM, and lots of groans every time the Staff of Power hand was called. 20 hands took a little more than 45 minutes, and ended up with Brenda as the winner yet again (117(K) points). We began to wonder if she had already figured out how to rig the game, but it would be hard to cheat and NOT get caught with this game, so we passed it off as beginner's luck.
Game 3 players:
Through random selection as outlined by the rules, Brenda yet again starts the game as DM. Fear in every eye from that point on. By the time his turn as DM came around, James was down to only 2 crystals equaling 30(K) points. What does happen if you go broke before it's your turn? We couldn't really decide. He did recover nicely, getting paid for every trick and earning more than 47(K) points. Not enough for the win, though. That again went to Brenda with (121(K) points.
Question of the day became, "Does the first DM always get the win?" We'll find out next week. Expect more reports on this game from the Rocky Mountain Bone Rollers Guild fairly regularly from now on.
Reporting from where the air is thin...