Having left Chalmers Uiversity of Technology on a Saturday 9 days ago, enjoying the feeling of having managed an exam in thermodynamics (the fourth and hopefully last of the physics course I took last year), I took the tram to my friendly regional gamestore. Buying myself a game, I thought, were to be a just right reward.
For many years I’ve had my eyes on the Dominion deck-building game. Six years ago I played it and found it really entertaining. That, of course, was only a little taste of the game, but I got to the conclusion that my more regular playing partners probably would be more into the classic interpretation of the concept ”board game”. Hence I haven’t bought myself any Dominion. Now, however, I have found that my gaming friends actually can be amused by more unusual games. Moreover, they accept games where the English language play at least some role. So, I felt that I had nothing to lose; would it turn out that I have nobody to play Dominion with right now, I can lean back and look at it at its shelf, where it awaits future adventures.
Sofia and I had been invited to a ”game night” at some friends’ house and as it would be my first visit there, I thought of bringing some gift. What would then be better than a game? Especially as I in my FRGS the Love Letter gem was standing on the shelf and a closer look revelaed to me that the main character Princess Annette shared names with the evening’s hostess. SEK 85 was also a great price and I could head home.
After a shrimp soup which was edible (and that’s good grades coming from a soup-sceptic like me), we sat down with wonderful chocolate, tea and Love Letter. Rules were pretty easy and straightforward and the four of us soon started chasing the tiny, red tokens, four of which would give victory.
Sofia jump started to 2 tokens, Anders also got 2, Anette won her 1st while I, playing as tactic as is possible in a light game, was the only player without. That pattern continued and soon Sofia had gotten her 3rd and 4th. That was of course nice for her but I had also liked the Love Letter experience, and then a loss doesn’t matter at all, actually.
I had brought a couple of other games, as the TtR expansion Southeast Sweden (which the four of us had played once before), Gang of Four, and Sveriges städer, but as the other wanted to play a real board game the decision fell on Mystery of the Abbey.
It turned out to be a strange Abbey experience. We went through the different rooms, asked questions, found out and drew conclusions. There were a couple of revelations, and when I had decided on an accusation I headed for the capitulum, was beaten by somebody else who accused the same monk – and immediately the accusation was turned down by the abbott as the suspect card was shown by another player.
Some turns later we found out that everybody had crossed out all monks but the cuplrit’s card was still put under the game board (we actually checked to be sure). We made a consensual decision to end the game and when Brother Fortune thus was revealed as the culprit, it became obvious that somebody had at some point given a false clue, leading us all to finish at negative points, which is somewhat unique. We could maybe have decided to call it a shared win between those two who only had –2 points but it was never formally stated and I think that was a fair ending, as nobody could have felt herself to be a true winner.
Winners we all were, in a way, as we had played two nice games. Sofia and I left the hostes, went home – and I crashed in my bed for the first time in years without reading before fallen asleep…