Sunday, January 20, 2008

Damascus 01/18/08

On the start of a very cold weekend, we had 23 brave and hardy souls join us:

  • Tim Rothenhoefer
  • Bill Trac
  • Ruben & Melinda Carbonell
  • Marshall Miller
  • Jason Cheng
  • John Stup
  • Rose Byington
  • Lance Slifka
  • Luke Conte
  • David, Noreen, Corwin, and Andrew Fair
  • David & Martha Briggs
  • Rick & Linda Pasquale
  • Bob, Carol, Rachel & Ben Jones
  • Tham Nguyen
First up was a close 5-player game of Puerto Rico. It appears that seating order was not recorded, and we have no word on what sort of strategy was employed, but final scores were: Lance 55, John 51, Jason 48, Tim 44, Rose 40

Next was a 4-player game of Ticket to Ride: Europe. Rick led the way with 134, followed by Linda 112, Martha 99, and David 97. The board looked very congested by the end.

There were three Tichu battles through the night, first was a 1015 to 185 win for Ruben & Bill over Melinda & Marshall. Ouch.

Ignoring the cries of "But Qwirkle only plays Four!", there was a 5-player game started. Ruben took the win with 108, followed by Bill 95, Tham 81, Marshall 75, and Melinda 47.

Racing at the Daytona 500 is a popular spectator event, but tonight, 4 players stepped up and made it a participatory undertaking. Rick won the series with $910,000, followed by Martha with $870,000, Linda with $830,000, and David with $770,000.

The latest game from Alea is always looked forward to with interest by many gamers, and In the Year of the Dragon is no exception. In this 3rd game from Stefan Feld (Notre Dame, Rum & Pirates), players take on the roles of Chinese rulers around the year 1000. Every month you try to protect yourself and your subjects as best as you can against disease, hunger or attacks from the Mongols. Good planning is key here, as every month new perils come again. An interesting game I look forward to trying again. Final scores were: David 94, Carol 87, Bob 85, Luke 82.

Another Tichu game, another big win, this time for Rose & Noreen (1040) over Linda & Rick (360).

John and Lance faced off in Memoir '44, though they neglected to mention which scenario. Lance earned 2 flags to John's 5.

Bob taught California to David, Martha, Tim, and Jason. This game has been grabbed up for cheap on Tanga by many gamers of late, so this gave folks a chance to give the conspicuous consumption game with an interesting pricing/income mechanism a try. in the end, final scores played out as follows: bob 15, Jason 13, Martha 12, David 12, Tim 10.

Another Tichu match, another big win, again for Rose & Noreen (1045) over Linda & Rick (455). Combined winners vs losers in tonights Tichu games were 3100 to 1000. Ouch!

Vom Kap Bis Kairo is one of the "Games of the Moment", and Bob taught it to Jason and Tim. In this game, players are racing trains from the Cape to the city of Cairo. Tim (8) managed it best, and was followed by Jason (6) and Bob (6) who tied for second.

Luke and Carol joined Dave for the game of building towers in Rome, Capitol. An interesting game where you have to time your actions carefully, and always watch your opponents to make sure you can guess what they are up to, the game turned out to be very close, though David (53) managed to take the win over Luke (41) and Carol (41) who tied for second.

See you next week!

1 comment:

Lance said...

In Puerto Rico, I think it was Jason and I that were seated as such to receive corn at the start of the game.

As for the Memoir '44 game, we played the Sword Beach scenario. And while my Axis powers started out strong by taking out two Allied tank units early in the battle, they were later overrun by all the British Commandos under the direction of General Stup.