Saturday we had a pleasant surprise. We welcomed back Ellen who hasn't joined us in a while. She is a great gamer and a fun person to spend time with. We were glad she could join us. Others couldn't make it, and in total we had about seven people join us. Six to seven players seems to be about average for our group. That is a nice number to play a couple different 3 or 4 player games.
ROLL CALL: Justin Berman, Laura Berman, Geoff DeWan, Ellen Green, Brian Keenan, Phil Parker, Phil Swim
In our group, we usually take a poll of what games everyone would like to play. This is usually necessary since we meet off-site away from anyone's residence, we have to limit what we can bring to campus for evening game play. Usually only half the players volunteer game choice information. The others either can't make it or are content with letting others choose the games. However, Phil Swim had requested we play this classic. He usually doesn't offer up suggestions, so naturally we had to bring this! This is a personal favorite of our group's and one of the first games we played together as the Chambana Board Gamers.
Much to Justin's dismay, while he brought the game of Ursuppe with all of the expansion pieces, when he opened the box, they neither came with the rules nor with the expansion cards (they must have been left at home). Hence, we decided to play a four player game of Ursuppe with the regular rule set. Justin, Laura, Phil Swim and Phil Parker were first at the table. Phil Parker had never even seen the game before, so after a brief tutorial in the game, we began. Shortly into the first turn, Ellen arrived and joined Laura as part of a team. What a great game!
This one played completely different than the several we had played in the past. Phil Swim and Laura/Ellen started off by taking the practical Movement genes. Justin and Phil Parker took the more functional Spores and Substitution genes, respectively. The game developed slowly with virtually no amoebae dying in the first half of the game. By that time, Phil Swim had acquired Speed and the Advanced Movement 2 genes. Within a short while, Laura/Ellen were the first to see an amoebae die. Since very few deaths had occurred up to this point, the food shortage was quite low. Everyone started migrating toward the new food source! Justin and Phil Parker also snagged the only two Struggle for Survival genes and started to feast on the other amoebae. Three-quarters into the game, Phil Parker had amassed seven gene cards(!) but was still a few points behind Phil Swim who had made his points with the number of genes possessed and the number of his amoebae on the board. Close to the end it was a game between both Phil's. Phil Swim was the first to cross into the dark blue scoring region and won the game.
Scores: Phil Swim 44, Phil Parker 39, Justin 37, Laura/Ellen 31
Ratings: Ellen 9, Phil Swim 9, Justin 8, Laura 8, Phil Parker 7