Tom Razo
United States
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It is Friday night and I sit here writing this session report as I reminisce about my last game of Crossbones with two other players.

First, let me mention that I am the designer and will make every effort to recall the events as best I can nearly 5 days later. I have never written a session report before so please bare with me.

I recently joined a Meetup group in my local area and last Sunday was my second time hanging out with the group. Following a game of Dungeon, I was pleased to hear that Donna, the event coordinator, and Chris, another member of the Meetup group, were willing to give Crossbones a try that night.

This was their first introduction to the game and I quickly reviewed how to play following a quick setup. Chris began the adventure and Donna followed, while I trailed their opening moves. I was narrating each level of the adventure and coaching them a bit as we progressed. I don't quite recall where Chris lost the lead, yet it was in the first half of the adventure. Chris and I both attempted to gain the lead, yet Donna held off our encounters with key card plays and a few good dice rolls. My plans to advance were foiled twice... maybe three times, and near the end of the adventure both Chris and I were running low on rum and cannonballs, yet we were both within range of Donna and her treasure for a competitive finish.

Donna ended the adventure with a Swashbuckling victory and was able to do so without initiating an encounter as I recall... let's see if she can get away with that again arrrh!

We tallied our plunder and earned our fame:

Donna was a Swashbuckler!
Chris was a Rum Monkey!
I was a Landlubber (better than a Rum Monkey! arrrh)

To this day, after so many years of design and playtesting, I still enjoy the tense fun that Crossbones offers and hope to broaden the number of players that enjoy rolling bones and plundering like pirates during a game of Crossbones.

Note: To be fair to Chris, who may have lost an opportunity to plunder, I should mention that the outcome of the game in the final rounds may have been slightly skewed when I failed to look at and play an Adventure card that should have played when drawn... which may have delayed Donna's progress and ultimate victory.

Twitter: @PlayCrossbones

Edit: Clarified the final moments of the game.

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