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Friday September 21st - 21 Wonders

Ben Bateson
United Kingdom
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Time for a traditional dose of double-bloggishness as I once again resolve to get up to date.

And, to be fair, we've had a couple of bumper weeks of games. This particular night started steadily with Ben, John and Becky taking to On The Farm, a pleasant little PnP/Artscow game which scratches the same itch as Glory To Rome or Jaipur. Becky won this on the tie-break.

With Bill and Tony rolling up pleasantly promptly, we embarked on a semi-filler, given that David may also have been expected (turns out he wasn't). Citadels was our choice, and Tony and JP promptly sulked at being denied their proposed game of Alien Frontiers. This resulted in some unwarranted foul language, tirades about Americans, and an anecdote from Tony that means I certainly won't look the same way at a Toblerone again. I suspect all this may have been designed to put off Becky, who won her second straight game by rising above the barrage of filth.

As a reward, we offered Becky her choice of 'main-event' game, and no-one was too disappointed when she chose 7 Wonders. Being the brief and pacy affair that it is, we had time for fully three games, and they were indeed three games full of event and coincidence.

Coincidence number 1: John scored less than 40 and finished dead last in every game (OK, perhaps this is less than coincidence)

Coincidence number 2: When we 'randomised' seating for round two, we were all dealt our own Wonder card - a 1/120 chance, by my reckoning.

Coincidence number 3: Surely the most impressive coincidence of the lot: Tony managed to win all three games, score exactly 54 points in all three games, beating the runner-up (and we all had one go at coming second) by a single point in all three games. Tony will no doubt claim this as evidence of his Wondering skills; however, I think it points more convincingly to his cheesily outrageous luck. There's little doubt that 7 Wonders will be back on our table again soon as proof of this.

With Bill and Tony emotionally drained by these flukes of mathematics and probability, the opening trio were left once more to tidy up affairs, and they did so with two games of For Sale - Becky winning one outright and halving the other one with John.

Just like Radio 2 - this was most certainly a Friday night for the light classics.

Aftermath: JP and Tony did eventually get to play Alien Frontiers with me the following Monday. I found it enjoyable if flawed. And that's despite winning.
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