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October 19, 2004

Last Saturday was our monthly Game Day.

Participants: Me, Brina, Paula, Seth, Becky, Mike, Sam, Garrick, DavidM, Bryce, DavidK, Linnea, Cindy

Castle of Magic
Players: Me, Brina, Paula, Mike, DavidM, Sam
This was the first time any of us had played this game. It was rather long and we didn't even feel like finishing it. Especially since the other people had played three other games already. I thought it was interesting, but pretty slow. I have a book of variations that I'd like to try—maybe they fix a few of the problems. I did like the fact that we used plastic drink animals instead of the pawns that were included. Sam used a giraffe with a monkey on its back.
Winner: Incomplete

Cthulhu 500
Players: Seth, Becky, Garrick, Bryce
I glanced over a few times to see demonic vehicles trying to pass each other.
Winner: ?

Players: Seth, Becky, Bryce, Cindy
Always a fun game. Interestingly, Seth and Becky had missed a sort of important rule. I tried screwing them up by pointing it out in the middle of the game, but they somehow managed to keep playing.
Winner: ?

Players: Me, Brina, DavidM, DavidK, Mike, Linnea
This was good practice for the upcoming election because it was insane an arbitrary.
Winner: Linnea

Once Upon a Time
Players: Seth, Becky, Me, Brina, Mike, DavidM, DavidK, Linnea
We told a story as old as the hills -- you know, the story where a sword that can swim through the air pits brother against sister in two quests involving retrieval of ancient artifacts and the knitting of a two hundred foot scarf.
Winner: Mike

Spinergy (It's not about spines)
Players: Me, Brina, Linnea, Mike, Seth, Becky, DavidK
Another funny storytelling game in which you have to speak on a certain subject, being sure to include three words that have been chosen at random. Somehow, photosensitive hedgehogs figured prominently in many of them.
Winner: Linnea

Posted at October 19, 2004 10:12 PM


Bryce won the Cthulhu 500 game by the brilliant strategy of getting a lap counter and drawing the "end game" card immediately. I'll have to try and do that next time.

Becky won Attika, but it took all of us together to figure out the way she could do it before I did. That's one of the things I like about Attika: the turns have lots of interesting variations possible. And if I hadn't woin the next round, Cindy would have. Another thing I like about the game: it tends to play very evenly.

The important rule we missed actually doesn't destroy gameplay, but not using it does slow the game down and does prevent surprise wins. I had actually looked for that exact rule, since it seemed like a reasonable one, but hadn't found it. It's purloined in a big box with a graphic and looks very un-rulelike to my eyes for some reason.

I would like to say that this was the best Once Upon a Time group I've played with. I really, really like that game when it's played in thr right spirit.

Posted by: Seth at October 20, 2004 12:52 AM

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