Friday, 25 Nov 2005: A Magnificent Day of Gaming
First, let me say thank you to Amy and Jeff for your kindness in opening your home for three rabid gamers to come piling in. I sincerely appreciate your tremendous hospitality. I had a fantastic time!
Members present: Amy, Jeff, Kendahl, Robert, Ben
Games Played (Winner):
Ticket to Ride Europe (Kendahl)
TTR Europe with five players was very awesome. I felt myself really focusing on each person's plays and making some truly painful decisions. Always a good sign.
I would say Evo might have a bit more white-knuckle tension if we played with the variant where there's one less mutation than the number of players. I did think the components were great, and I enjoyed the theme.
Colossal Arena (Ben)
At long last, victory in Colossal Arena was mine! I was dealt a great hand with a good amount of spectator cards. When I first started playing the game, I thought the spectator cards were kind of lame and was hooked on playing the monster powers. Now I understand the value of the specators as pseudo-wild cards, very useful to help out your team of monsters across the board.
Bang! (Kendahl the Sherrif and Amy the Deputy)
Bang! was a blast. I think now that I've played it once, my strategy next time would be much improved. I do find it hard to envision a scenario where the Renegade wouldn't either face two fugitives or two good guys at the end, but perhaps the expansions improve this a bit. It would be especially cool, perhaps, if each person had a slightly different role.
All in all, a fantastic day of gaming!