Games, games and more games!
I was late for gaming, as my daughter was in a music concert. When I arrived they were in the middle of what appeared to be a VERY slow TransAmerica, having first played a game of Seasons - both of which had been won by James (typically, while I wasn't scoring the games for my stats!).
It seemed players were up for a new game, and Code 777 was spotted. James in particular really enjoys deduction games, so I knew it would be something he would like. Marion seemed to really struggle with it from the start though, and was struggling to many any deductions from the answers she was getting. Sami got off to an early lead with two right answers, while I got stuck on my first one, and both James and Richard beat me to it. However, then I was really lucky with my second, and Sami kept guessing before he was sure on his third, which gave me the opportunity to catch up - a lucky answer to a question and I knew mine, for the win. Marion had finally managed to guess one set right, and everyone else was on two by then.
After that I suggested Alchemist - we had enough time for it, and I'd not tried it with five before. It was an interesting game. Early on Sami made two really cheap potions, and Richard made quite an easy 5, but then the remaining potions (we made two each) were all hard to get - either because of the combination of colours, or because of the number of cubes in them. I in particular was amassing cubes in two colours - a colour combination that was only used in my potions though, so wasn't much use to me! Marion meanwhile rapidly found herself drawing from the bag, as she just didn't have any combination of cubes that made a potion. The end-game scoring just reinforced the earlier scoring position, and James won by miles. We really should play this game more - it's amazingly fun for such an abstract game, and not that long.
Next we pulled out Fast Flowing Forest Fellers - only my second time playing. We picked a second board that was long and thin and pushed people back upstream, and spent the second half of the game in what seemed like an endless cycle of pushing everyone round the current loop - that was after the majority got past the blockage that was setup on the first board (the lucky first few escaped that, but then everyone else got stuck!). I finished my first person very early on, which gave me more flexibility of movement, but my second person was last to enter the stream, and it was very hard to make any headway. Two of the others eventually moved one of their people off the board, but they were struggling even more than me to make any headway downstream. Eventually I managed to draw a few large numbers at the same time, and reached the quiet area at the bottom of the board. I was pushed back and forth for a few turns, but luckily not back into the current, and was able to escape shortly after for the win. We decided not to carry on playing the rest of the game for positions - it might have taken a while, and it was midnight already!!