Ricker, DaveO, LisaLisa, El Sideswiper
we were four, as the Downtown train was running on empty, and couldn’t make
it. But again we managed to play
some excellent games, with an excellent time.
been a damn busy time lately for the OCBG clan, and it’s almost miraculous we
get to the table at least once a week, and even the first annual DevilDog at Rix
on Saturday. Games.
Who woulda thought they could occupy so much time and space???
a rather nice selection of games on hand to choose from, DaveO shouted out that
he wanted to give Condottiere
a go, and we snapped to it.
given Condottiere an earlier description (see June 8 sesh report) so no need to
waste keystrokes here. Rick and I
played a two-player version, and was rather impressed with it but felt it needed
a few more, like the four we had tonight. The
cards again made an impression on me, as they remind me of my tarot-reading
phase, which lasted all of one month. I
gave one reading and even then I kind of bullshitted my way through it (“Oh,
yeah, this double-sword card is good, it means…uh…good luck!”)
You get a lot for a little game in this one.
I jumped out to an early lead by capturing two territories, and Rick
closed in soon thereafter. DaveO was sneaking around in the North and managed to get
Venezia and Torino. Going into the
last hand, as he and I were the only two left holding cards, I gift wrapped the
damn win for him by not playing my high card first, as he threw down the key and
snatched victory. The table
groaned, and I was subjected to harsh criticism about my move, and I stand by it
(but not too close).
3-in-a-row (Venezia, Milano, Torino)
game I’ve reviewed previously, Filthy Rich,
was brought to the wood. This is a
pretty unique game, that is easily fixed by applying a few variants found out on
the Geek. We used one (get taxed
only once per turn) and didn’t use the other (shuffle the Asset cards and draw
them randomly) and the latter would’ve been better.
Rick jumped his ass out to an early lead, capturing a jacknut
full-o-cash, and basically could be buying assets at will.
Attempts to deplete his cash flow were somewhat effective, but he ended
up selling his signs, and getting enough cash for his last asset and the V.
It ended way too soon, so next time, all the variants come into play.
16, 19, 7
continued our trend of playing a trick-taking card game at least once an
evening, and DaveO pulled from his hat the game Hattrick.
I’ve heard some nice buzz about this one and I’m a sucka for trix
taking so yeah, let’s do it. This
is a very cool trick taking game. There are only three suits of cards, numbered from 1
to 20. During a trick, there may be two colors in play and you may play to
either of these colors. The object is to win as many cards in the one color as
possible, as your score is the number of cards you've taking in one color minus
the number in the other two colors. Sounds simple enough right?? Well, it’s a
hell of a lot of fun, and we’re pretty hooked on it quick.
In fact, Al’s dropped off our sandwiches during the game and we had to
finish this one out. I’ll play this one again, anywhere, anytime, anyplace.
I jumped out to a big lead and managed to stay there for once.
You can, ahem, tip your hat to me…
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Next up and in, Modern Art by your favorite
and mine, Reiner Baby. I love to
slip into character in this one, playing some art snob, deciding what’s good
and what’s shit and shoveling it down the throats of the trendy. Buying and selling paintings is the premise of this
game. Five different artists have produced a bunch of paintings, (cristin p my
personal fave) and it's the player's task to be both the buyer and the seller,
hopefully making a profit in both roles. He does this by putting a painting from
his hand up for auction each turn. He gets the money if some other player buys
it, but must pay the bank if he buys it for himself. After each round, paintings
are valued by the number of paintings of that type that were sold. The broker
with the most cash after four rounds is the winner.
There are 5 different auction mechanisms, which I won’t go into here
but there are ingenious to the nth degree.
This is another one of those “not a gamer till you’ve played…”
games. It’s just brilliant, and
one of Reiner’s truly shining moments. It’s still tough on some newbies (hell, even me at times)
to figure out if your bid will make a profit, but DaveO did a great job of
announcing the possible values of the paintings, which helped a lot.
He also gave an excellent piece of strategy (only after he walloped our
asses) which I will use next time.
It was bedtime for Pazzy, as these five o clock
early morning wakeups got his ass dragging more than Anna Nicole Smith’s, so
he went to bed with a bit of heckling from the group, while the die-hards
finished it up with a little Reiner Zirkus
given this one a description somewhere, and it’s a great little finisher for
the evening, and wish I coulda been dere. Rick
came out the biggest clown of the Zirkus. Any surprise???
Yah baby. Nice gaming sesh tonight yet again.
Got the Devil Dog (we’ll explain
the name eventually) on Saturday, and the OCBG will be crewing it up….Schultzie,
DTDB and the rest.
Should be a long ass day, with much played, cards layed, a refrigerator to raid, and some folks to be getting’ paid….uh yeah whatever end this already paz z-ya.