Tuesday, February 19, 2008

"Stay Right There."

I arrived around 6pm to find Steve and Brian playing Roma. I can never tell what's happening in this crazy game, but I think Steve won by repeatedly making Brian pick up half the cards on the table. After an egregious Rule #1 violation, Steve left, to be replaced be Sean.

The three of us tried the winnable version of Pandemic, a cooperative game of saving the world from germy teenagers infecting each other. At least that's what it was in my head. I liked the mechanism of periodically reshuffling infected city cards and placing them at the top of the deck, so that the same cities get repeatedly hit, and some planning ahead is possible. But the cooperative part had the same problems as Shadows over Camelot (no personal goals, too much incentive to share all information), and the decisions didn't feel difficult. We lost one turn shy of victory when the Blue Death erupted in Toronto -- God's punishment for being Canadian.

Jon arrived, and as we reached for Race for the Galaxy, one of the guy's behind the counter said, "Someone just called and asked if the San Antonio Boardgamers were here, and then said that he'd be right over." Hmmmm. Do I owe someone money? We played three games of Race while waiting for the unknown embittered crazy guy to come blow us all away. I had two respectable showings with New Sparta (32 and 40, both only good enough for second), followed by a catastrophic failure with Alpha Centauri when I drew only one nonmilitary world in the first six turns.

The embittered crazy guy turned out to be Larry, an Army Reservist newly arrived in San Antonio from living in/being stationed at/smuggling artifacts from Mali. He dove headfirst into Vegas Showdown and put up a good score, a tie for third with my Slots-O-Fun budget casino. I need to stop concentrating so hard on filling my casino (I came one square away from filling the entire board) and worry more about the finer things. Brian and Jon ran nearly 20 points ahead of us, but I can't remember who won, because I was busy coughing up a lung.

Jon left, and we finished with Phoenicia. In my previous two playings, I went all out for clothmaking based on Michael's recommendations, and got crushed both times. This time I decided to concentrate on dependencies -- I'd either scoop the city centers or the shipyards, and follow the discounts all the way to the end. After an early Prospector/Smelter boosted my income, the City Centers presented themselves, and I was off and running, eventually winning by 6. I'm still not sure I like the game, since my later actions felt entirely determined by my early ones, but if the game played as quickly as Race for the Galaxy, I think I might like it more. I also began to suspect that Michael gave me bad advice, so to punish him I took Ryan Perrilloux to a casino.

Good to meet you, Larry, and I look forward to being healthy for Saturday.


At 9:53 PM, February 19, 2008, Blogger Brian said...

Er, what he said.

At 1:50 PM, February 20, 2008, Blogger Simon said...

Removed some spam...Nothing to see here. Move along.

At 3:40 PM, February 20, 2008, Blogger Michael said...

Dennis we need you to be healthy. I'm tired of being the only drummer.

Arm = Jello.

Leg = Ok.

I'm up to about 50 songs done on the hard tour.

Double digits on expert.

At 3:40 PM, February 20, 2008, Blogger seanp said...

It looks like Simon still has admin rights to the blog. Although he is "the awesomest".

Glad to meet you Larry - I hope you join us again!

At 4:44 PM, February 20, 2008, Blogger Simon said...

seanp: "Although he is 'the awesomest'."

I was waiting to see how long it would take for some one to say something about that. I guess Sean wins the prize. Alright, I've had my fun, time to remove it...

At 5:23 PM, February 20, 2008, Blogger Michael said...


Green Grass and High Tides has been beat with our expert band of me on drums and Steve on guitar.

He died three times but luckily his last death was in range of the big rock ending and we got through it with like 3.25 stars.

Jon pussed out or he could have been around for the awesomeness that was passing that song.

At 6:51 PM, February 20, 2008, Blogger Jeff said...

You can *DIE* in Rock Band??!?!


John Bonham
John Lennon
Janice Joplin
Ronnie van Zant

Ok, I guess that does make some sense.

At 9:49 PM, February 20, 2008, Blogger Michael said...

Wow this video has replaced this one as the most all time lol for me.

At 11:43 PM, February 20, 2008, Blogger Simon said...

If you like that last one, you may enjoy this.

At 11:50 PM, February 20, 2008, Blogger Simon said...

And this.

At 12:24 AM, February 21, 2008, Blogger Michael said...

66/72 songs on hard drums.

The remaining 6 are all part of the main tour. First I have to beat Foreplay/Longtime to unlock the final five. I'm having trouble with the foreplay part of that one.

Then I get rewarded with a final set of:
Run to the Hills
Tom Sawyer
Won't Get Fooled Again
Next to You
Flirting With Disaster

Up to like 32 songs on expert too.

At 10:24 AM, February 21, 2008, Blogger Simon said...

Having trouble with foreplay, eh? Sounds like a personal problem.

*rim shot*

I'l see myself out.

At 10:53 AM, February 22, 2008, Blogger Larry said...

eh, i know this post is a bit older, but it was my introduction, and i figured i should at least show face here!

thanks again for the great time - i enjoyed meeting you and look forward to more good cardboard times!


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