A little less than 10 weeks to go.
Played with Joel, Jerrod, Christine, and Kel on Friday night. Jerrod won. Been far too long since we’ve seen Joel and Christine, good to get a game in with them :)
Quick game with Kel after my date night with the oldest (went to see “Escape Planet Earth” in 3D).
Thought this would be a quick game due to all the Money on the table, but we both went for Witches and loaded up with Curses… Or I should say *I* got loaded up with curses. Several hands in a row I got almost all action cards, with none of them having Action. At the same time, Kel was able to load me up with curses and it was pretty much a done game. Also one of Kel’s highest scoring games: final score was Kel with 50, and me with 22.
Another “take that” game we played on 1/25. From the same game designer that made “Poo: The Card Game”, this one has players grabbing each others nuts. I think I liked this one more, though we definitely can’t get this one for the kids. Kel won this one.
Another that Angie brought over for our game night last Friday (1/25). This one was really different from most games we play, it’s a straight up “take that” style game. We had a lot of fun flinging poo at each other. I think the kids will really like this one, we need to get it.
Kel was technically the first one out, but so got the “golden banana” (?) and got to come back in. Then I got out, then Kel again, then Brett. Ang won.
This was next up on our game night with Brett and Angie (1/25). Angie brought over her new copy of the Alchemy expansion for Dominion. I liked some of the new cards and look forward to trying the potion mechanic. Some of the effects were pretty complex and are going to take some getting used to. That could be really good for us though, given how often we’ve played this in the past.
Game got really long as Brett loaded up on Thief and consistently trashed ALL our money. Was crazy. In the end Gardens ended up being worth more than Duchies for both Kellie and I. Final score was Kel 25, Me 24, Angie 12, Brett 4.
Over a week old now, this game was played last Friday (1/25) when Brett and Angie brought over a few new games to play. I really liked this one, it was an interesting twist on something similar to the card game “speed” and Taboo. Anomia is the perfect name.
We first played the blue deck, Bret and I tied for the win at 12, Kel had 9, and Angie had 8. Second play was with the red deck which was a little more difficult I thought. I won, didn’t get the rest of the scores.
This game was actually played on Sunday night, and was the first time we’ve actually played with the correct rules for two-players. Crazy. The first few times we played this was with four players, and we never thought to look for rules specific to the number of players… oh well, we had a lot of fun playing the “wrong” way.
The game is definitely a lot more tense played the correct way: a lot more blocking involved. I actually liked the game a LOT more than I have in the past. That might also have to do with the fact that Kel didn’t kick my butt nearly as bad as she usually does. She won 138 to 141.
Kel’s Christmas cookies. She’s at a “cookie party” tonight and will be bringing back about 60 more (she took 60 of these with her to trade). Crazy amount of cookies going to be in the house.
We were invited over to a friends house for dinner and a game last Saturday. We had some *excellent* Ethiopian dishes, let the kids run around the house for awhile, then popped in a movie for the kids and got to planting some beans :)
This was the first time either Meghan or Mark had played, though they picked it up quick and we ended up having a pretty cut throat game. I thought for sure that Mark was winning the entire game, and then (much too late) realized that Kel was kicking our butts. Final scores ended up being Kel 23, Meghan 17, Mark 16, and Me 14. Mark was the only one to buy a third bean field.
Decided to play a game of Catan with Joel, Jerrod, and Kel on Friday night. We had a lot of fun. It’s been awhile since we played a four-player game of this and it took a lot longer than we had anticipated. We all had fun, it just lasted long. Kel and her brothers *love* negotiation games though, always trying to work deals more in their favor (fun to watch… and laugh about), so I’m thinking that had something to do with the play time.
I had pretty good positioning for most of the game, but then noticed that Kel was sitting on a bunch of unused development cards: crap. I tried warning Joel and Jerrod that those cards were probably VPs, but they were more concerned with me already being at 9 VP… In a matter of two turns, Kel was able to steal my “Longest Road”, and play some VP development cards for the win. I guess if it hadn’t been Kel it probably would have been me
The last few weeks have been pretty hectic. I finished up another actuarial exam on Halloween while Kel's been both in school and training for a 5k. The 5k was on Thanksgiving (she ran the whole race, no walking!), and we left straight from the race for Minnesota.
It was great being back in the cities, even if it was only for such a short time. My brother Jeff couldn't make it as their oldest was sick, but we were able to see my brother Justin's new house. Stayed up way too late playing videogames (been a long time since I've been able to do that) and was able to go to a hockey game. Lots of fun and ate way too much.
We left Minnesota on Saturday afternoon, almost hit three deer, and got back in time to have dinner at a new restaurant in town with some friends.