Tuesday, October 14, 2008

And they're off!

Scott, Chris and I were at Dragon's Lair and started off with a game of Acquire. I managed to win the first merger ... and then no mergers happened until after everyone had run out of money. That usually lets the player who got the most money in the first merger run away with it.

Our game was no exception.

We then broke out the Sport of Kings in Win, Place and Show. Sean had arrived, so the four of us played the ponies for a while. It's been a long time since I've played WPS, and I like some of the ideas (such as a single throw for all the horses), but six races is just too long for my tastes. (That's my problem with my favorite horse racing game, which is Really Nasty). Fortunately we called the game after three races, which was about right.

Then we all pretty much turned into pumpkins. Sean and I played a few 2-player games of Race (with new homeworlds) I oohed and aahed over Monsterpocalypse (but didn't buy) and everyone headed off to wherever it is people go when the aren't gaming. Are Monday nights slowly dying out in favor of the weekends? It's starting to look that way...

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At 9:48 PM, October 14, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I enjoyed getting the old AH games on the table. I still feel like I'm grasping at straws when it comes to strategy at the beginning of Acquire, but I enjoy it nevertheless and I feel like I should play it more. Its funny that the newer editions are the less desired ones. Why doesn't someone just make a nice set with substantial pieces? I guess the cheap versions must still sell.

I hope Mondays are not dying out. Maybe it's just a phase. Monday nights are still good for recruiting, but a lot of the old regulars don't make it anymore, and even most of the new recruits have departed into the mists. It's a bit sad that a lot of the people that used to play regularly have moved away, (rightfully) devoted their time to more important priorities, or simply stopped coming, but I guess such is the nature of these things.

Have we run out of games? I hope not. As much as I like the games we commonly play, I like new games even more. And new games seem to show up much more frequently on Monday nights.

Still, I want to play more Memoir '44 and Combat Commander and C&C:Ancients. However, Monday night is still a pretty social night, and splitting to play 2-player games just doesn't feel quite right, especially when there's less than 6 people.

At 11:23 PM, October 14, 2008, Blogger Tiffany said...

I like Mondays, and when I get Sandra to come it will be a Monday, since I am not sure that Saturday gaming is the time to introduce her to things, since as of late, it seems to be rock band/agricola heavy. Mondays aren't always good with the work schedule, but then again neither is the weekend. So I don't know.

And playing new games is always good. That just means we have to buy them. And play them. or bring them. Either way.

Oddly enough, I was just discussing Acquire with Michael. I am sad to have missed it.

At 6:34 PM, October 15, 2008, Blogger Rob said...

The previous AH Acquire is the best IMO.... but I am a sucker for big colorful bits. Chris, try Acquire with open stocks (not money), and you learn a lot about how it works. Having revealed stocks only removes the memory element of the game...which really you only need for the hardcore acquire gamers.

At 8:03 PM, October 15, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We did decide to play open stocks, and, you're right Rob, it does help immensely when trying to see the mechanics of the game. The memory part is an extra layer that I don't need just yet. Thankfully, Scott and Brian, who have much more experience with this game, offered to play with open information, and it helped a lot. I think I would have been so lost with hidden stocks that I probably wouldn't feel compelled to try it again (a la Perikles, which Steve and Ben know I just love).

I feel like the strategy is just out of my reach. I feel like I start to get an idea as we play but that I need that next game to really see it again and get a better grasp on how to play. But the next game, I find myself still feeling the same way, with the knowledge of what the right moves are just tantalizingly out of my reach.

I still think I need a version of Acquire. Maybe the Math Trade.

At 8:08 PM, October 15, 2008, Blogger Michael said...

I love the 3m version.

The older AH version is way too unwieldy. The bits are too big.

The new AH version has poor components.

The 3m version is just right.

At 8:50 PM, October 15, 2008, Blogger Mark said...

Wow! I didn't know anyone still played WPS. I loved that game growing up.

Mondays are a great recruiting tool so I hope some of the veterans continue to carry the torch. Mondays are out of reach for me with work schedule.

At 10:01 PM, October 15, 2008, Blogger Brian said...

I prefer the 3M acquire, but Scott's version with the solid wood tiles trumps mine (with the 'raised square' plastic tiles). Actually, I think I need to get a version like that.

At 11:42 PM, October 15, 2008, Blogger Ben said...

Acquire on Gametableonline.com works well, and I at least find the AI pretty challenging.

Have we run out of games? Not bloody likely!! Of course, I could lend more support to the cause if I actually showed up on Monday nights. I honestly don't think its in the cards (so to speak) for me for a while.

I hope to play some this weekend, perhaps Sunday, so perhaps others will be interested as well.

I have the previous (big plastic pieces) version of Acquire. I kind of like its garish clunkiness.

Anyone want a free copy of Blood Feud in New York? If you plan to play it rather than trade/sell it, its yours for free. Just making space... I have $200 in my shopping cart and must make closet capacity.

One of my coworkers announced during a horrid "teambuilding" exercise at work today that his secret hobby was being an Elf Lord in the LotR MMORPG. I will see if I can turn him...

At 6:17 PM, October 16, 2008, Blogger scott said...

I will take Blood Feud in New York off your hands and assuming I can get other players will be happy to play it.

At 8:55 PM, October 16, 2008, Blogger Ben said...

Its yours. I'll even play it with you.

At 7:06 AM, October 17, 2008, Blogger Travis said...

I'm guilty of many-a-Monday-no-shows. I have just been too busy since school started; but, I guess now that the year is underway, it would be a real headache for them to fire me! I will try to make it again soon. As for weekends, maybe its just our friends, but I think we've headed into wedding season. This Saturday me and the wife are leading 300 people in a Grand March --we have no clue how to do this. Take care and keep up the good fight.

At 8:48 AM, October 17, 2008, Blogger seanp said...

Would another weeknight draw in more participation? I know sometimes Mondays and Fridays can be the "big" days at work - would midweek help out some of you who find your schedule too cramped to join in? I don't know if that's possible to pull off, just opening it up for discussion...


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