June 17th, 2017 started out with a 4 player game of Mottainai. Not a lot of social deduction or party games this time around. Jeremy and I had played a good amount, but Sam had a bit of an intro game under his belt, and Anthony T was playing for the first time. This was my first time with more than 2 players actually, so that added a new dimension for me as well. Jeremy ended up winning with 16 points followed by Sam with 14. Jeremy saw some thing building up, so he rushed to finish with an advantage. Sam had a slow start but did quite well stealing some points off Jeremy just before the end as well. It was a close game with Anthony and I not far back from the lead either. Great game.
Justin, Halen, and Jenna got into a game of Clank! while waiting for Mottainai to finish. Justin’s character died midway through leaving Halen to cement her victory at 191 points.
We finally got Vegas Showdown to the table. I actually bought the game almost a year ago but kept not bringing it out in favor of other games. Sam, Justin, Halen, Bridget, and I played. Justin and Halen had played before. In fact, I bought this copy of the game off someone who had originally bought it off Halen. Small gaming world. I had played a demo game myself to get a handle on the rules and planning to make a video but didn’t end up making a video. The rules were simple and straight-forward enough that I didn’t see the point, plus I didn’t have the time. It was an enjoyable, intermediate complexity game. The theme is not overly exciting, but I think it is a good standby to play with my English students or something easy to explain to new gamers. Bridget ended up winning by a good margin with 52 points followed by me with 45.
Tyrants of the Underdark and Isle of Skye followed. Anthony T, Daniel, Jenna, and Jeremy played Tyrants. I believe only Anthony hadn’t played before. Jeremy won at his game with 75 points followed by Anthony at 68 but no one far behind. Anthony took off after this game.
Halen, Sam, Justin, and I continued with a game of Isle of Skye: From Cheiftain to King. Bridget took off after the Vegas Showdown game. It was Sam’s game, and he taught the 3 of us to play. It is a relatively simple tile map building game. The tiles are drawn randomly and each player puts a price on 2 of their tiles up for offer. Each player can choose to buy up to 1 tile off another player hoping to build up their own map and stop the other players from obtaining tiles that could give them points. The combinations that lead to points change each game, and each round had slightly different goals. It was a simple quick game that was quite easy to learn. Sam won with 57 points, and the rest of us ended up with points in the 40s.
The final 2 games at the cafe were The Oracle of Delphi and Fields of Green. I know the game ended up being a massacre with Halen leaving her competition (Jenna, Justin, and Sam) far behind.
Daniel, Jeremy, and I played Fields of Green. I am told it is similar to Among the Stars which I hadn’t played. Jeremy and I hadn’t played before, but Jeremy knew Among the Stars and said he prefers this down to earth farming take on this tableau building game. It has some things in common with 7 Wonders with passing cards and paying to build with prerequisites but included some strategy related to providing water and wheat to different cards called livestock, fields, construction, and buildings. Each kind of card with different immediate or harvest abilities. I got my win for the day here with 57 points followed by Jeremy but no pictures of the final result unfortunately.
Games continued beyond the cafe along with dinner in celebration of Jeremy’s birthday but I could not. Those games I will post next.