I arrived at the apparently late time of 6:20pm to find one group wrapping up Indonesia, and another playing 10 Days in Africa (after having already finished Transamerica). Those 10 Days games look like fantastic game show prep material. While the games finished, I scooped up the lone copy of Storm of Swords (the Game of Thrones expansion), which includes an all-new better-balanced game for four and must-have event decks for the original game. I'll have it prepared for Friday gaming for sure.
Both games finished at the same time, leaving ten of us to divide up. Ben and Ted went off to play Wilderness War and were never seen again. Brian and Mark broke out War of the Ring, leaving six of us for...well, what else do you play with six?Cash and Guns
Two rounds were played, using both special abilities and the cop variant. The first game was my first time as the cop, and I managed to get two calls in on the first two rounds while still keeping Simon and Chad as suspects. A lot of gun-pointing and grenade-brandishing later, I was forced to reveal myself in round 6 to get the third call in. With two wounds already, things looked grim. But after fleeing in round 7, I was lucky enough to have everyone turn on each other in round 8 and snuck out with the win.
In the second game the cop was quickly narrowed down to either Chad (the real cop)or myself. Deaf to the unerring accuracy of Werewolf Logic, the rest of the table gunned for us both to avoid any chance of failure. Chad went down in a hail of bullets, and I again slunk away with two wounds, though nearly flat broke this time. Jon nipped Michael $95k to $90k for the win -- had I died, Michael's special power (+$10k per death) would have given him the game.I'm the Boss!
Two more rounds of this one. In the first game deals were opened on nearly every turn, and people quickly ran out of cards to interfere with them. Thanks to an entire hand of Stop cards and nearly soloing the final deal, Chad pulled ahead of me $33 mil to $30 mil for the win.
In the second game there was a lot more drawing and saving for the bigger deals...but once the cards started to fly, it was hard to resist. At one point an entire sortie of jets (four Trip cards) were simultaneously flung at Chad, who Stopped them all like a Jedi master, only to then lose the deal to an I'm the Boss. Amidst the carnage Jeff pulled down two nearly-solo deals of $12 and $15 million for the easy win, $10 million ahead of second.You Must Be an Idiot!
The War of the Ring folks rejoined us for this party game, which featured much harder questions than our previous play. I had a horrible run of Idiot cards on hard questions that I knew (seasons Star Trek was on the air, author of "Sleepy Hollow") and normal cards on questions I didn't know (Moops, the only US state with a diamond mine). Brian got big genius bonuses for being the only correct answerer early on, and ran away with the game with accurate Idiot pronoucements.
Classic moment: everybody missed the question, "What trivia answer did George Costanza argue about with the Bubble Boy?" After Simon read the correct answer of "Moops", Michael yelled, "Of course it Moops, haven't any of you......GAAAAAAAHHHH!!!", and ran into the bathroom. Had this been a bluff, it would've gone down in history, but alas, he was in fact an Idiot.
I think with that many players, the award for being an unaccused Idiot should also increase -- getting past *seven* potential accusers should be worth more than four or five. Also, it looks like I was right about a card error. Check Wikipedia for "American Top 40"; Casey Kasem was replaced by Shadoe Stevens, not Ryan Seacrest. My pride in catching an error is tempered by my embarrassment in knowing who hosts "American Top 40". 6 Nimmt
Mark and Chad left, to be replaced by newcomers Jordan and Steven. (Or is it Stephen? My brother's name is spelled that way, and my mom gets bent out of shape if you use the "v".) 6 Nimmt with eight people turns out to be complete madness, as a row will often get scooped, refill, and get scooped again. At one point I played a 10 to cover a 1, only to see the 2, 3, 4, and 5 come out ahead of me. And befitting such chaos, first through fifth were separated by only 7 points at the finish (roughly one sweep of a typical row).
See you all for Game of Thrones goodness on Friday.