Gary Heidenreich(bop517)United States
August 7th, 2012
Wow, work has been a beast this week. Blech. But, Tuesday games really breaks the week up nicely. You have Monday, it's only Tuesday, Hump Day, Little Friday and Friday. That makes Tuesday the perfect game day!
Kevin, Timm and myself got together last night. So, as we pondered on what game or games to play, we played some hands of Schafkopf. First hand started with Kevin picking when he perhaps should not have picked. Timm was loaded and we held the picker to no schnitz, bouble on the bump. Ouch. Timm ultimately had a big lead in points after our 8 or so hands. I love three or five handed Sheeps. Not a fan of four, at all. Chicago Express with the expansions, as always, was up next. It had been about two years ago since I last played a three player game of it. And this time, I stunk it up (I'm normally pretty solid). I was making bad decisions left and right. Timm was worse and coupled with my mistakes, it gave Kevin a runaway win with 109 to my 69 and Timm's 63. Ug.
Timm had been asking for Carolus Magnus for awhile now so with three, we broke it out. A little refresher for Kevin and away we went. Well, away they went. It seemed like I was getting stuck in some unfortunate circumstances and I pretty certain I wasn't thinking as creatively as I should have been. Kevin and Timm had the majority of their castles down and the end game was inevitable with Kevin being able to get his last one down. I had no castles down. I had two down early but lost those and poor die rolls coupled with my shitty decisions left me without regaining any type of majority. I've said it before, I'm a Leo Colovini fan.
It was time for something less thinky but good. Alea Iacta Est was that choice. This is one of my favorite dice games. It's dice, not real heavy, but it has good decisions to make and it's a tight game. Last night it came down to my four extra re-roll chips (a point for each two). I squeaked out a win with 47. Timm had 45 and Kevin had 42. We all had different routes to amass our points too. Out of dice games, I like Pickomino, Can't Stop, and this one.
On a side note, I finally got to play Combat Commander: Europe over the weekend (Fat Lipski scenario) It scratched the war game itch for me. Memoir '44 really didn't do that for me and the other games I have (block) were a bit more daunting than CC:E. Being familiar with Chad Jensen's games, I hoped the rules would be clear. And really, they were. The game was easier to get into than I expected. It was slow for the first game as we looked up things pretty constantly (got the core down and looked up as we went along). But, by the end of the game, we were moving along nicely. Gonna play again this weekend. Good stuff!