Saturday, May 06, 2006

Sweet Gaming Goodness, Monday, 8 May 2006

Weekly gaming at Dragon's Lair. I'll be there with a pile of games, including the ever-poplular Twilight Struggle, plus a variety of others. Depending on the response rate, we may go ahead and do the Twilight Struggle tournament bracket draw and kickoff on Monday as well. Hope to see you there. I should safely arrive by 7 PM if not a bit earlier. Have a great weekend!

21 Comments:

At 1:58 PM, May 06, 2006, Blogger Ben said...

On an editorial note, I'm doing my level best to post a mix of both wargame-oriented pictures/topics with those appealing a broader gaming audience (e.g., Carebears, Candyland, etc.).

 
At 8:51 PM, May 06, 2006, Blogger Rob said...

I'll be there. Don't know at what time, but I'll be there.

 
At 8:58 PM, May 06, 2006, Blogger Rob said...

BTW, just finished a game of San Juan and Lost Cities with my wife (that SHE asked to play):

San Juan
It was a slow game until we were like 5 rounds into the game when she finally was able to gauge which cards are decent and which ones are just ok. She played a Library (I discarded the only one I drew early in the game thinking that I could win without it). After that things got really tight for me. I had a single monument, the arch, AND 5 cards in the chapel, and she still won by 3 points. Great game...

Lost Cities
Had to blow the dust off of this one. We played really aggressively (both being veterans). She won the first round easily (42-17) by taking all my green cards forcing me to take a -18 penalty on that set. The second one was tighter (she went DOWN to 40 and me up to 49). In the last round I was able to pull out a ki ki ki killer combo with three "handshakes" on yellow, and a decent set to follow that. Still final score was too tight for comfort: 78 wife, 91 me.

Another victory in my quest to turn her to the darkside of gaming.

 
At 9:23 PM, May 06, 2006, Blogger Ben said...

I just finished two games of Dungeon Dice with my wife (that I asked to play... but, I have hope). We each won one game, so a championship match is in the future!

 
At 10:27 PM, May 06, 2006, Blogger Rick N said...

I'm planning on being there. While we're on the topic of gaming with spouses, I have a confession to make. I played Caylus with my wife last night. I love this game, but I always win. So...I decided to tank it a bit...play erratic...shift strategies and skip certain opportunities that I would otherwise grab, hoping that she would get more experience, have some insights, and, for once, win. I didn't want to make it look to obvious, so I made some decent moves, but nothing to grand or decisive. Sadly, when it all was over, I won by one point. The only thing I feel bad about is that I won.

What are the ethics here? Does this make me a deceitful person? A bad gamer? Has anyone else found themselves in this position?

 
At 11:19 PM, May 06, 2006, Blogger Ted Kostek said...

Don't know if I'll make it Mon night or not. Moving, upcoming business travel, new house....

 
At 6:34 AM, May 07, 2006, Blogger Amy said...

Rob, you thought you could win without the library?!? Wow. Still, though, if you get it very early, sometimes you just don't have a choice...

Jeff and I played a couple games of Wyatt Earp yesterday. I don't think I care for it very much -- it seems to be pretty much just luck of the draw. And I'm not just saying that because he crushed me the first game. I won the second game by $1000, which is equivalent to 1 point. Alea! You let me down! Of course, it's probably better with more than 2 players.

 
At 9:00 AM, May 07, 2006, Blogger Ben said...

My wife made me promise that I would never intentionally play less than my best (which usually isn't that great anyway). She's very competitive and loves to win. Still, she won't play any game where there's direct aggression between the players.

 
At 11:48 AM, May 07, 2006, Blogger Simon said...

I played Hammer of the Scots with Dayna over the weekend...It wasn't nearly as good as the magical game of War of the Ring from a few months back. I practically had to force her to play. Whatsmore, I kept getting really good draws leaving me no option but her destruction without obvious and intentional throwing.

Ah well.

I've got a final at 8PM, but I will be showing up really early in the day for some gaming (10am on) if anyone wants to join in.

 
At 12:18 PM, May 07, 2006, Blogger Rob said...

I'll be there at 10am too... looking forward to Marengo (been reading the rules; looks sweet).

I need to playtest some new Crusader Rex rules... so if anyone is interested, I'll have it with me tomorrow. Plus the usual variety of group and 2player games.

 
At 12:25 PM, May 07, 2006, Blogger Rob said...

Interesting how we all pull out games with our significant others during the weekend...

Amy: Yes, I got rid of it because it was too early in the game, AND because of overconfidence. Foolish overconfidence.

Rick: I've done that before too....try to let others win to get them interested in my game. Specially if I'm trying out a game with nongamers.

Simon: HotS. Wow, bold move. I can see how WotR could have more appeal though to a nongamer.

 
At 12:32 PM, May 07, 2006, Blogger Michael said...

So after I drop off my wife at school I'll be there, but at some point I need to go meet her for dinner around 6 or so. After we eat I can return for some more games. Hurray!

 
At 12:33 PM, May 07, 2006, Blogger Michael said...

Yeah I guess I should have mentioned an initial time. I'll be dropping her off no later than 11:30 so I will be there for lunch time at the latest.

 
At 12:33 PM, May 07, 2006, Blogger Simon said...

To clarify my original post in case of conflict: Rob and I will be playing Marengo at 10, so if you're showing up early bring a partner or come a bit later when we can get some 3+ player stuff going.

 
At 6:22 PM, May 07, 2006, Blogger Rick N said...

Rob,

I'd like ot check out some of these block games, including "Crusader Rex" soon. Are you creating your own rules, experimenting with variants, or what?

 
At 8:28 PM, May 07, 2006, Blogger Ben said...

Man, I need to start taking Mondays off... :)

 
At 10:11 PM, May 07, 2006, Blogger Rob said...

LOL. 1 day off out of 10 sucks though.

 
At 11:28 AM, May 08, 2006, Blogger Kendahl said...

Rick, I know the feeling. I once introduced Settlers to my wife's brother, aunt and uncle. They all loved it, but I was handily winning. I had two turns where I could have revealed VP cards to win, but I just didn't have the heart. Instead, my brother in law stole the longest road from me and won. I have wondered about the ethics of this. But it just felt too weasly to introduce a game, teach the rules, and then truly trounce the opponents. With wives, it might be a different story...let them win at all costs (at least until they learn the game...)

Incidentally, we played I'm the Boss this weekend with two other couples. This really is a great social game. Not much in the way of strategy, just a fun time negotiating, cutting deals, breaking deals and having fun. Everyone loved it.

 
At 11:40 AM, May 08, 2006, Blogger Dennis Ugolini said...

I have a 2pm final that includes a special-needs student who gets extra time. So I could be as late as 9pm, but hopefully more like 7pm.

I threw Vinci and Game of Thrones in the car this morning, and I'm hoping to get in on my first Twilight Struggle game (guess what I'll be doing while I proctor the final?).

 
At 2:44 PM, May 09, 2006, Blogger Jacqui said...

You should do what Brian does, handicap yourself. When we finally got a chance to play Caylus one Friday night, Brian handicapped himself by subtracting 20% off his score.

 
At 9:49 PM, May 09, 2006, Blogger Rob said...

Handicap... never considered doing... interesting.

 

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