For the third Friday in a row, I hauled my sizzled retinas in front of Skype for some Ross-on-Wye boardgaming; thankfully, we had a fourth in the form of young David, to help enrich the gaming gene-pool. David lamented the 'online' platform after the rest of sus had mutteringly-discussed the UK's impending re-opening of Pubs (part of the Tory government's grand plan to blame a second Covid wave on the rank stupidity of 'the great British public'): will we be getting back to The Plough soon? Smudge coughed up a (sensible, welcome) suggestion that we nix the politics talk and play some games.
Dave has been noodling with Troyes, solo, and so how could we not whisk him off to BGA for a full-house of dice-drafting goodness? A reluctance to see off the Event cards meant there were (I think) 10 out at the end (!) and low scores (for Troyes) all round. I did markedly worse than last week but, then, I _was_ rolling LOW red dice and struggled to keep my Influence above zero: next time...
As a palette-cleanser, we followed with a Dave's learning game of Port Royal on Yucata.de:
This took rather longer than it ought to have, for a push-your-luck filler, mainly due to Dave struggling with
a) the interface (the odd button-clicking frenzy of 'Stop' and 'Select' and 'End Turn' etc), and
b) lapsing into a mild dose of A.P.
Still, 'Two Crosses' lurched me over the 12 point threshold and a 13th from an easy purchase kept Boffo one step behind.
Dave called it an evening and - even though it was almost 2130HRS, I held back to participate in our now Traditional Ben/Becky/Tony trio of Innovations. As in prior weeks, the script followed the same worn path: two wins for Tony and one - in the middle - for a Bateson. 'Novvers is a breath-taking, endorphin rush of a game; one day I may actually get to shake Carl Chudyk's hand for the monumental impact he's had on my gaming life.
Meanwhile, in the kitchen, Mrs B and Daisy and Arthur occupied a TV-free parallel evening with some Rebound, Eco-Links and Dawn Under - not at all bad.
Life and Games (but mostly games) from Tony Boydell: Dad, Husband and Independent UK Game Designer, Agricola fanboy and jealous admirer of Carl Chudyk.
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