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The shape of things to come

Alec Chapman
United Kingdom
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Right then, I'm starting to get down to business on this.

Saturday night, following a hideous trip to the cinema we played three games of Mr Jack and one of Small World.

Strictly speaking, one should play Mr Jack as a "first to three" type of game since it gives both players a shot at playing both roles twice, but three games in a row seems to be how much embarrassment I am willing to take.

In game one things were pretty dicey. Chris (as the investigator) had it narrowed down to three suspects and was closing in inexorably on the true villain, though it should be noted that at no stage in this game does it not feel like you're about to get discovered.

But suddenly, the unthinkable happened. We alternate dealing the character cards, shuffling and laying out half of them for choosing between. For some reason, some may call it police brutality, Chris instead dealt four alibi cards. This broke the game, and he had to forfeit the first round.

Game two and I was in the slightly less stressful position of investigator. This game turned on an outrageous fluke that left a very annoyed opponent. I looked at the board situation and realised that I could not eliminate inspector Lestrade before my opponent could escape with him. This meant I would have to accuse someone or lose on the next turn, or so I thought. I accused Jeremy Bert, because I had a feeling he was being set up as the beneficiary of a potential Lestrade bluff.

Thing is, Lestrade could never have escaped, because he was visible. In Mr Jack, Jack can only make his escape if he is out of sight (obviously enough) and Lestrade was stood next to a light.
A rudimentary error of logic left me essentially tossing a coin and it was pure luck that meant I was right.

Game three was a straightforward victory for Chris as his investigator made short work of eliminating all the other suspects and using Sherlock Holmes to eliminate one of the last two.

So strictly speaking I won the night's Mr Jack confrontation 2 games to 1, but neither victory was worthy of great praise.

Small World was a three player affair - Mrs Algo joined us and promptly destroyed the world with her Peace Loving Ratmen (a great choice as first player) and Pillaging Pixies (a super excellent alliterative combo).

However, I kept up the pace with my Flying Amazons and Corrupt Skeletons before taking a crucial and game winning second decline to take over the Fortified Homunculi.

Chris did not have a good game and didn't even count the points his Merchant Tritons, Barricade Wizards and Seafaring Ghouls (a poor second decline choice, IMHO) got for him.

Final score was

Alec 129
Kitty 113
Chris DNC

I enjoyed this game immensely and the 16 point gap does't really reflect how much my third race turned defeat into victory.

I could get used to this!
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