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Subject: Can Anybody Pilot This Damned Balloon? rss

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Scott Humpert
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The Event:
Tuesday Night Lancaster Gamers Meeting : January 3, 2006

The Location:
Six Feet Under Games in Lancaster, PA

The Players:
Bill, Dave, John, Rod, Scott H, Tom

The Game:
Cloud 9 by Out of the Box

Session Report:
We closed out the evening with a quick 6-player game of Cloud 9. Each player was familiar enough with the game, so we were able to crash (literally) right into. Rod started off the game crashing the balloon, followed by John. Bill finally got the balloon into the air, only to see it crash back to earth when Scott rolled. The next flight finally got high enough for people to start jumping off and scoring some points, as by now every player had about nine cards in hand.

Most of the trips were kept fairly short, and throughout the entire game, there were no solo flights. So on every crash, somebody went down with the balloon. On one amazing flight, John and Tom rode the balloon the entire way to a 25-point score, and neither one of them used a Wild card to get there. This put John at 39 points and in good position to win the game.

On the next ride, the balloon got up to 12 points and John bailed, ending his scoring at 51. At that point, there were still three people left in the balloon to ride out the game. However, only Rod, at 27 points was in position to catch John. Bill made a successful flight, and Tom was next. He was unable to make his roll and sent the balloon crashing back to earth, giving John the win.

The Synopsis:
This game is a fun bluffing and risk-taking game. Playing to the odds does not always work in your favor, and to be successful, you have to pay attention to what rolls other people are making and crashing on, although this becomes much harder with 6 players and frequent crashes. It can be a tough call as to when to jump ship, especially if you are approaching 50 points, as it is likely that someone could still overtake you with successful rollings. But aside from any analysis, the game plays simply, quickly and fun, and after one play, you’re ready to play some more.

My Ranking:
7 out of 10
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