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Subject: 5-player Play Session rss

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Bruce Bridges
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Next up, was one of the favorites: The Gift, a card collecting game where you try not to get points. A card (with a face value of 3-35) is flipped. Each player, in turn, decides whether to give one of their eleven chips or take the card and any other chips that have been played. Once the card is taken, another card is flipped and play continues in a similar fashion. If a player runs out of chips, he is forced to take the next face-up card when it's his turn. After all the cards have been played, everybody totals up the face values of their cards, ignoring the higher numbered cards that are part of a “run” (two or more cards that are consecutive in number) and subtracts one point for each chip.

Players: Al (2nd time), Bruce (5th time), Jennifer (1st time), Paul (3rd time), Ron (2nd time)

Paul came into this one undefeated in the two games he had played. Unfortunately, being up since 3:00 a.m. finally caught up with him and he nodded off a few times before coming in 5th in the 3-round game. Al started off strong, coming in second in the first round by just a couple of points, but really kicked butt in the second round, pulling ahead by about 15 points. A bad deal in the third round forced him to take several unwanted cards, which ended up causing him to come in second. Ron edged out Jennifer for third with a really strong final round, but Bruce ended up winning by about 20 points, a very close game in the short time we have been playing this game.

The game plays very differently depending on the number of players. Having chips is much more important when fewer players are involved. It seems that with more players, there is a tendency to take the cards before many stars have accumulated.
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