Session Report 10/02/06
South Bay Boardgamers Session Report October 2nd, 2006
QUOTES OF THE WEEK
OOH LA LA
"Not everything French is bad. For example, French kisses are pretty good."
"How would you know?"
CHECK IT IN AT THE DOOR
"If we make this Grand Tichu, we could go out with dignity."
"I think it's a little too late for that."
I VANT TO RUN AVAY
"Hey, this game [Hoity Toity] doesn't look like Fury of Dracula."
"No, it's even scarier."
TURNING WHINE INTO WATER
"I can't believe how lucky I'm getting with these die rolls.
How on earth am I going to avoid getting hosed down?"
"This is the first time I have heard anyone whine about being too lucky."
Ted, Clark, Randy*, Jeremiah/JC* (Blue Moon City)
Ted, Andrea*, Charles, Randy (Tichu)
Winner: Andrea and Ted
Ted, Andrea, Charles, Karen (Tichu)
Winner: Charles and Karen
Greg, John, Jesse, Ron* (Attika)
Winner: Jesse Assist: Ron
Julien, Karen, Aya*, Eddie (Attika)
Eugene, Robert*, Brett*, Dirk* (Blue Moon City)
Eugene*, Bruce*, Brett*, Ryan, Robert* (High Society)
Winner: Ryan Best newbie: Brett
Eugene, Eddie, Aya*, Karen* (High Society)
Winner: Eugene Best newbie: Karen
Greg, Maria, Nick (Roshambo)
Mike, Maria*, Nick*, Bridgit*, Marcus, Greg* (Hoity Toity)
Winner: Marcus Best newbie: Nick
John, Bridgit, Clark (Roshambo)
Greg, Marcus, Eddie (San Juan)
Mike, Bridgit*, Aya*, Robert* (Boomtown)
JC, Walt, Dirk (Bridges of Shangri-La)
JC, Walt*, Dirk* (Neuland)
Julien, John, Brett, Bruce* (Louis XIV)
* = first-time player
Kibitzers/Hasslers: Clark, Merwin, Marcus
We had 27 people attending last Monday, including a couple who may have
come just for right to purchase Ted's Start Player game. If you enjoy
playing Start Player to determine who starts a game, help Ted out by
voting on his game at the Geek:
New to the group were Robert, Maria, and Nick. All three of them
apparently found us on the Web, and managed to get in quite a bit of
gaming! Welcome to all three of our new players!
--- Blue Moon City ---
The evening opened with the curious sight of having two Blue Moon City
and two Attika games in play, simultaneously. Clark won the first BMC
game (with JC filling in for Jeremiah after the latter unfortunately had
to leave early), while Brett scored an massive win in his first play of
the game, contributing 4 times to the obelisk before any of his
other opponents contributed 2. Well done, Brett!
--- Attika ---
In the Attika games, Jesse at one point claimed he was going to win by
connecting two shrines. Then, he couldn't see how to do it,
and played a different move. Ron, who was next to play, then pointed
out to Jesse how he could have won the game. The group then graciously
let Jesse claim the victory, but insisted that the report be written
with Ron getting proper credit for the assist. :)
At the other Attika game, it was a battle royale between experienced
Attika players. In a first for this group, Karen ended up winning by
getting all of her buildings on the board. Congratulations, Karen!
--- Roshambo and Hoity Toity---
Mike eventually found a group of suck^H^H^H^Hgamers to play Hoity
Toity with. As people started making snide remarks about the game's
heavy use of the rock-paper-scissors mechanic, Greg, Maria, and Nick
decided to warm up through an impromptu Roshambo (rock-paper-scissors)
tournament. Maria was the first one to win 5 throws, so she wins the
crown of best Roshamboer...for now. :)
In the full game of Hoity Toity, Marcus proved to be the best art
collector. Ont the final round, Marcus, well in the lead, went to the
castle. Even with Mike urging everyone to play a thief to steal from
Marcus's fine exhibition, everyone defected by playing detectives to
catch a likely thief, and so Marcus scored enough points to end the game
with his collection intact, giving him his first-ever victory at Hoity
--- High Society ---
I introduced this quick filler game that has players in the role of
newly minted dot-com millionaires who are trying to impress their
"friends". Players bid for luxury items to flaunt (worth points), or to
avoid nasty things like tax evasion or gambling debts (worth negative
points). The key is that at the end of the game, the poorest player
immediately loses for being a spendthrift, so one must careful not to
bid too much!
In the first-ever play of this game at our group, Ryan won in part due
to a horrific blunder I made that allowed him to avoid the gambling
debts without paying any money, and in part due to Robert overspending.
Brett ended up taking second/best newbie with one 7-point luxury. In
the second go-round, Karen was conservative with her money early while
Aya was loose, bidding large amounts for a Long Island home. Aya and I
eventually managed to tie with 20 luxury points but Aya was the
spendthrift, so I won.
--- Tichu ---
Ted/Andrea won by about 700 points, even though Charles scored a Grand
Tichu (worth 200 extra points) on the last hand.
Ted/Andrea were off to an early lead, but Karen/Charles clawed their way
back to take a 300 point lead. The last hand had Ted calling a Grand
Tichu, he was down to his final two cards. He (thought he) took the
trick with the Dragon, but then Karen bombed it with a 5 card straight
flush, giving her the lead and leaving Ted with a 4, which he couldn't
get rid of. Karen/Charles won by just over 400 points as a result.
--- Boomtown ---
Mike taught Boomtown to a group of three newbies, but then start getting
"ridiculous amounts of luck" when a 7 rolled three times in a row,
allowing him to produce lots of gold relative to his opponents. Fearing
a hosedown, Mike then wildly bid to 25 for the right to pick the
Telegraph. He then used the Telegraph to change the next bad roll to a
7, which Marcus (playing the role of snarky observer) pointed out gave
him only around 10-12 gold compared to the cost of paying 25 for the
right to pick Telegraph. In his attempt to avoid hosedown, Mike managed
to hose himself deep into third place. Aya ended up dominating her
first-ever game of Boomtown, with over 166 points, while Bridgit also
scored respectably with a 100+ point game.
--- Louis XIV ---
Bruce, as the lone newbie, got an excellent start by completing 2
powerful missions in his first turn that let him immediately get
markers on the king's square + the king's brother. In the end both he
and Julien completed 8 missions, but he had more shields and came
away with the victory. Good job, Bruce!
See you tonight!
Eugene Hung eyhung@... http://www-cse.ucsd.edu/users/eyhung
"It has been determined that research causes cancer in rats."
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