It seems that Adam and I are all tied up with our win -loss records. Quite an accomplishment for me since I seem to lose a lot, but apparently that’s not entirely true anymore. I am getting better at some of the strategy games, and since Adam and my brains work very differently, he has a hard time figuring out what I’m going to do next. I have the same problem, but always have so it doesn’t play as much to my disadvantage. 🙂
September 17th – Small World
Since we learned we had been playing this incorrectly for a while now, we were excited to play it correctly. It turned out to be a little more balanced. Well, that is until yon Dragon Master Trolls came and squished everybody in their path and left behind a trail of fortresses that spelled utter DOOM to anyone trying to conquer them.
I hope that conveyed the despair that Jessica felt after I played my trolls because I don’t think she was very happy with me. I gave her permission to weep. Still, her Wealthy Wizards bolstered her end-game scoring to a respectable scoring gap. Ah, yes, it’s good to be a troll.
Thursday, September 20th – Forbidden Island iOS version
A & J –> Lost
Report: Our goal here is to get all the treasures and get off the Island before it all washes into the sea. We can prevent some of this by shoring up flooded areas, but if a flooded area is flooded again, it washes away. We thought we were doing really well. We had gotten two of the treasures we sought, and were almost set to claim another when we drew a waters rise card. It reshuffled an already flooded Fool’s Landing (our way in and out of the Island) into the flood deck. The first card that came up in the flood phase was Fool’s Landing. Thus washing it away and leaving us stranded on the Island as it sunk all around us.
Thursday, September 20th – Ingenious iOS version
Report: The goal of this game is to match colored tiles in such a way that you gain points. You have 5 colors you are managing. You want each on to be as high as possible. The person who has the least amount (in any color) is the one who loses in the end. You really have to play it to understand, but it’s fun. This is Jessica’s game that she can usually count on for a win. She plays it in her spare time while watching TV. So, she’s pretty good at it. This round of the game was no exception.
Monday, September 24th – Tobago
A: 61 – Win
Report: Adam here. Wow, 4 days since our last play. We are going to need to ramp up the pace. Ok, so you say Tobago, I say Tobago. I guess that works better out loud. This is a game of treasure hunting and movement optimization with a little set theory thrown in. Since at least one of those things is incredibly interesting to me, I love this game. It was a little slow starting because we had sort of forgotten the rules. When familiar, it would play quickly. I think I found the first treasure and we swapped back and forth after that with an exclusionary treasure for each of us. Jessica got cursed once and lost some serious points. That and a little luck bumped me to the top, and Mr. Red Jeep won the day!
Lord of the Rings – The Card Game (9/25, 27, 28, 10/1, 2 thus far)
We are playing a lot of this game. Look for the LOTR Edition coming up
September 30th – Unity
Adam -Orange –
Jessica- Purple – WIN!
The point of UNITY is the get all the pieces you have on the board in a collection together by strategically picking up and moving pieces around the board. Jessica was still grasping the concepts of this game. It had been frustrating to her in the past, but it seems that she’s got it figured out. It was a rather handy win for her. It did help that when Adam set up the board he let Jessica chose the color she wanted to play, and she chose the group that already had the most unified group to start with. So, it was easier to deal with the rest.
September 30th – Issac
Man alive was Jessica on a winning streak tonight! Issac is a game about strategically laying down varying lengths (and point valued) sticks, and picking up said sticks in such a fashion that gains you the most points. Personally, I think I just got lucky and made some excellent blocks and pick ups that really put Adam in a position to gain fewer points. In the end, I got to pick up at least 3 or 4 more sticks, which resulted in a larger victory. After that win though, Adam didn’t want to play anymore games with me that night. 🙂