The team line up for this week was denuded by the absence of Pauline(at a BBQ), Natalie still recovering from her graduation celebrations – well done (actually working with a judge this week but recovering from a party seemed more interesting), Josh up north with his girlfriend, Alex still in Kerry discovering what the Irish mean when they say it’s a ‘soft day’, day after day, after day, after day…., Ben briefly back in the country but with other commitments, and finally Helene having run out of time, after a day out and finding that there are sometimes just not enough hours in the day.
On the positive front our numbers this time were augmented for our second game by two youngsters we found loitering around in Daniella’s house looking for a game It seemed churlish of us adults to be playing such fun games and deny the opportunity to them. It might be analogised to showing
starving men a table full of delicious food and then saying you can’t eat. In addition we were also joined by our host for the evening (thank you for the hospitality and the cookies – very nice), Malcolm, Ian and Crispin.
Patrician (Age10+, 2-5 players, 45 min playing time)
However, all agreed this to be an excellent game. In an effort to say something more meaningful than it was a good game we used the system for Rating games found in the Digital Issues of thru-the-portal for the first time and using system (marking a game on a scale of 1-6 for Components, Ease of Play, Fun/Enjoyment, Replayability, Socialising and Value for Money) it scored 29 (being the average of those who marked the game) out of a possible 36.
Saboteur (Age 8+, 3- 10 players, 30 min playing time)
see previous match reports for a description of the game) unfortunately addled by the chocolate cake and cookies or the concentration from the last game I managed to create a situation were there were 4 saboteurs and only 3 gold diggers. This lead to a lot of furrowed brows as players tried to work out who were the real saboteurs and who was the crazed gold digger who had been smoking some “wacky baccy” and so was trying to help the saboteurs. In the end all was revealed and so we started again with the correct ratios. Duh
The second round was more successful for the gold diggers, despite a number of caved in tunnels and broken implements they managed to fight their way through to the gold with Ian being the lucky dwarf first on the scene closely followed by Leonie. The last round saw the gold diggers digging multiple tunnels trying to make it hard for the saboteurs to cave in the only route to the gold and having on this occasion worked out where the gold was they used the cave in cards themselves to their own ends opening up tunnels that the saboteurs had tried to reverse and close off. Again the gold diggers triumphed on this occasion with Leonie being first on the scene.
The players graded this as 32 out of 36.
Thanks as ever to everyone for a very enjoyable evening.