A pristine Skype connection tonight left me with crystal-clear images of Gerv, Ian (in a silly hat) and Tony all beaming at me as I pondered my opening moves in Snowdonia. I am a bit mean to Tony sometimes, but I have to confess that a full 5P Snowdonia is a treat to be savoured and has never disappointed, right from the early-prototype days when it was still called Mountain Railway and we were standing around the pool table in the back of the White Lion. I still like that weather mechanic...
After my traditional opening grumble about 'last-seat problems', I opted for a plod-up-the-mountain-in-the-rain approach, something that was foiled in equal measure by a hailstorm of events cubes, Tony and Becky nabbing the contract cards that I needed, and Ian hogging the start player marker. I finished a desolate last, although I wasn't far behind the designer himself and Becky (some might call that justice for nicking my cards, of course). The relatively fresh-faced inexperience of Ian (whom we hear has been practicing against strange Germans) took second place, which meant a storming victory for Gerv, who 'only picked up a contract card in the penultimate round in order that I should probably score some points'. Notably, Ian and Gerv had both built early trains where the rest of us hadn't bothered. I swear you need to be a psychic to play this well...
During a drinks-break in Snowdonia, there had been a bout of teenage swearing. We pretended to nod sympathetically with Tony who now had to go and sort it all out, when of course we all had found it hugely amusing. But we were down to a four-player, and - given that Yucata seemed to be on steroids tonight - we stayed put for San Juan.
"I really like this, we should play it more often" commented Becky, halfway through a game that she won by nearly doubling everyone else's score. I like it, too, but I have to say that I enjoy the variety of the second edition too much to go back to just the original set of cards too often. Also, Yucata appears to have hidden all the 6-value cards because I didn't see a single one all game. Just me, then?
I'm sure we played Las Vegas after this, although somehow I seem to have neglected to log a play so can't tell you who won or, indeed, much about what happened. We presumably chucked some dice and assigned them to cards. As you do.
Beer and Boardgames at The Plough Inn (formerly the Prince Of Wales, formerly the White Lion). "It's not F-ing Monopoly, alright?!"
01 May 2020
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