|21 of us played 18 games. Big crowd again finally, including newcomer Katy (though she seems familiar to me, yet I don't find previous Katy entries in the database...)||
Dan brought his latest creation, a Campanile Dice Tower. Most impressive! Many folks had fun trying it out with single dice or groups of dice making ringing and clunking sounds as they tumbled down the tower.
This weekend I'm off to Houston for an unusual family gathering... Sunday is Father's Day as well as my brother's 40th birthday, and my mom is hosting a lunch for all of us and various other family friends. My parents have been divorced for decades but get along ok when they chat occasionally, but there's not been a gathering like this in I don't know how long.
The Italian Job is a pretty decent caper film, although I didn't love it. It may help popularize small cars again, which would be a good thing, though.
|Blokus||4||Clayton 3 Robby 1 Katy -1 PJ -3|
|TajMahal||4||JP 3 Marty 0 MarkG 0 MarkY -3|
|Transamerica||4||Pauline 3 Justin 1 Fina -1 RussD -3|
|MysteryOfTheAbbey||4||Matt 3 Steve 1 Dan -1 RussW -3|
|Tichu||2||( Ben Whendy ) 1 ( Fred MarkH ) -1|
|Chrononauts||3||Robby 2 Clayton -1 Katy -1|
|Exxtra||4||Ben 3 MarkH 1 Whendy -1 Fred -3|
|Clans||4||MarkY 3 MarkG 1 PJ -1 JP -3|
|Hare&Tortoise||4||William 3 Robby 1 Steve -1 Katy -3|
|ParisParis||4||Fina 3 Matt 0 RussW 0 Dan -3|
|DasAmulett||3||PJ 2 JP 0 MarkG -2|
|DasAmulett||3||PJ 2 MarkG 0 JP -2|
|Carcassonne||4||RussD 3 Pauline 1 Clayton -1 Justin -3|
|UndTschuess||4||RussD 3 PJ 1 Justin -1 MarkG -3|
|Caesar&Cleopatra||2||RussW 1 Fina -1|
|Tichu||2||( Steve MarkY ) 1 ( Matt William ) -1|
|TallyHo||2||RussW 1 JP -1|
|Bluff||6||PJ 5 MarkY 3 Justin 1 MarkG -1 RussD -3 William -5|
I really wanted to like Mystery of the Abbey. It's a murdery mystery game analogous to Clue, with a Name of the Rose sort of theme and pretty components. Unfortunately, the suspect cards are continually being passed among players, so keeping track of meta information seems unwieldy at best and useless at worst. And the game has asking an arbitrary question as a central mechanic, but frequently the questions seemed useless (and can be refused anyway). (The rules specifically note that any question is legal to ask as long as the answer doesn't involving naming specific suspect monks. This naturally led to much mirth as we considered forcing people to answer questions like "Matt, have you ever had grouop sex?" or "Dan, do you like the smell of your own poop?") It ultimately boiled down to sheer luck too at the end as I knew it had to be 1 of 2 suspects and I had 1 chance to make an accusation which, if correct, would give me the win, and if wrong, would make me have last place. 50% chance. I guessed wrong. Woohoo. Finally, the game took too long. Maybe it would go faster once people are familiar with it. Sadly, I don't feel compelled to find out. (Though the "truth-or-dare" style of play might be amusing...)
Paris Paris, on the other hand, was a great little German game in the classic simple elegant short tradition. It's mostly a placement game; Dan compared it to Web of Power. Nice clean system with interesting choices and good suspense as to who's really winning.
I would be remiss in my duties if I didn't cruelly mock JP for the 2nd round of our Tally Ho game (the first round of which was pretty close: JP beat me by 5 points)... in the 2nd round, I killed 7 of his 8 hunters, both lumberjacks, about 15 ducks and pheasants, and JP only managed to kill 2 trees. It was estimated (but not bothered to formally count) that I won by somewhere between 70 and 90 points... The most lopsided Tally Ho score I've ever witnessed. Such exquisite sweet victory!
Traditional folk music of Spain
Traditional folk music of Sweden
Traditional folk music of Madagascar
Traditional folk music of Burma
Traditional folk music of Haiti
Another of those pesky meta themes, of course!
i'm not gonna have a 20 inch pink tower.
i mean, i'm not gonna have another 20 inch pink tower.