Gary Heidenreich(bop517)United States
September 11th, 2012
This week was the return of Aaron and Sean. Timm, Aaron, and Chris arrived and as we waited for Sean we broke out No Thanks!. Such a cool little filler and so quick. We were half way through the game when Sean arrived. So, he watched us finish it out with Chris winning with 3 pointws, I had 34, Timm had 51 and Aaron had 85 (it was Aaron's first game). We decided to play a second game with Sean. That game I pulled out the win with 11, Sean had 23, Aaron had 34, Chris 39 and Timm 48.
Being the pusher that I am, I wanted to play Seven Sisters again. I also wanted to teach more in our group as I think this is a fun, quick game that can handle up to six. So, I went through the rules with Sean, Aaron and Chris (as Timm played last week) and off we went. With five, it was quite tight and fairly tactical. We battled off and on for the sisters favors and it all came down to the last round. I forget what happened but Aaron squeezed out the win in Sloth, giving him a tiebreaker chip over the tie that was waiting in Pride. This was enough for Aaron to squeek out the win with eight points. Sean had seven, Timm, Chris, and I each had six. No one got a set this game...it's tough to do with five (and six). My only playing with six people, I did get a set (and the win). I know it can be done. I liked this with five too.
So, after that, we broke out one we all knew (and an official TEG Classic), Condottiere. This was as tough of a battle in this game as I have seen. Lots of FU's, Bishops, Keys, and great smacktalk were all in play. At one point near the end of the game, all of us, except Sean, had three territories captured. The last round, it came down to one space. If I would win, I would have had the most terrirories. If Sean or Aaron won, they would have had three in a row, Timm or Chris, the best they could have done is tie for first (we do not do that silly deal out cards and fight rule). Sean squeaked out the win of that territory and captured a comeback victory.
Chris left so we broke out some partner Crokinole. It was Sean and I versus Timm and Aaron. After the first four rounds, it was close. The good guys had 55 and the bad guys had 45. The final round wasn't so close. Sean and I assulted the bad guys and ended up finishing the game off that round with an over 50 win. Partners is certanily different than singles.
Two more weeks till week TWO-HUNDRED!