For February 11th, 2017 we played at Cafe Swan Valley. This ended up being a great location for games with several good size tables and a very generous owner. Not to mention the food was great and prices reasonable. We will definitely play here again in the future I think.
The first sets of games included Parade, That’s It, and Sherlock 13. Evan introduced his game, Parade to all the players more than once as more players arrived during set up and explanations. The first game was with Tricia, Justyna, Injae, Sarah, Changyeon, and Evan. Evan and Tricia tied at -12 to win. The game is won by the person with the fewest negative points. The scores were all close, and the players picked up on the rules quickly. The 2nd game had the addition of Daniel to the game and Tricia and Changyeon teamed up. This time Sarah won with a very high score of -4 followed by Evan with -10. The negatives got a bit bigger this time with a more competitive 2nd game strategy.
Played two quick games of Sherlock 13. It was the first time for a few players. James, Mia, and Jeremy were first timers. Jeremy took the first game versus James, Sam, and Justin quite quickly by making a quick guess that was well informed, and so he took that game. The 2nd game was versus Mia, Justin, and Sam. He made another guess but got it wrong which lead the way for Justin to win.
Ronnie, Kate, Emy, and Anthony played That’s It! for quite awhile, and Ronnie ended up winning that with more cards than other players but an unknown number. I heard one hint for something that turns your eyes red and a guess at soju which seems reasonable except the game was not made in Korea.
The 2nd batch of short games included Sushi Go Party!, Love Letter Premium, and 7 Wonders Duel.
Sushi Go Party! was a first for all players I believe, but Injae and Evan at least had played the original game. Daniel, Evan, Sarah, Changyeon, Tricia, Injae, Justyna, and Katie played the first round with Justyna emerging the winner with 42 points, followed by 38 from Daniel, and 36 from Evan. The addition of some new cards and the board in the party version make for welcome new elements to give the game more replay value and interesting variations. I liked the risk of possibly getting 3 points or nothing for miso if another player also chose that card on the same turn.
The 2nd round was played between Tricia, Changyeon, Injae, Katie, Justyna, and Sarah with higher scores with 6 rather than 8 players. Tricia won with 65, Changyeon got 2nd with 63, and Injae grabbed 3rd with 56 points.
While the 2nd round of Sushi Go Party! was happening, Evan and Daniel pursued a game of 7 Wonders Duel. Daniel was very strong in victory points, but we didn’t count them up because Evan won a military victory and was also pretty close to a science one.
Also played love Letter with 6 players including Jenna, Justin, Jeremy, James, Mia, and Sam. A lot of first timers in this won especially with the new roles included in the premium edition. The game does tend to take longer with the added roles. Jenna got ahead quickly and at one point got two tokens with a well timed role of guessing James card when all other players were eliminated which netted her two tokens for the final win.
Finally, Justin tried to introduce Insider to a few players but didn’t end up playing a real recorded game. This was just a chance for a bunch of people to try the new party deduction word game.