With the summer hols in full swing and with all the many things going on in our busy lives the numbers attending Monday night fluctuated throughout the day. With two hours to go, the potential 11 came down to 6, before finally finishing with 7.
Apologies were received from Malcolm who has escaped to Northern Ireland, Helene and Josh with other commitments, and Pauline and Natalie needing to spend some playtime with Darcy (the wild beastie shown in previous photos) in order to ensure they got a peaceful nights sleep; sadly this meant they were not able to bring along the toffee and pecan cup cakes they had made!
We welcomed a new face to the evening session in the form of Liza, plus regulars Crispin, Ian, Daniella, and the less regular Joe and Alex.
RoboRally (Age 12+, 2-8 players, 120 min playing time)
first marker flag and trying to get to the central isle of the board whilst trying to avoid those blasted conveyer belts, fixed lasers and gears, not to mention each other.
Both Daniella and Liza had malfunctions on the programming front meaning that they spent the first couple of rounds going largely round in circles and not moving very far from their starting positions.
With the luck of the cards and determination that I would not allow myself to fall foul of the disasters I had encountered in my two previous attempts at this game I took an early lead and made it to within one space of the first flag in record time. Unfortunately, as is the way of this game my luck and programming ability then deserted me and I spent a couple of turns trying to actually achieve the last step onto the flag; turning left and then right, then left again then right again, doing u-turns and then more of the same- argh!
At this point Joe arrived, only an hour late (he knew he was supposed to be somewhere but had forgotten where!) but he was soon well into the game. He found himself very quickly on the other side of the course, having overshot the marker flag but he did manage to avoid the embarrassment of going off the edge of the circuit and so into the pits that mean certain death for a robot.
As the play continued both Crispin and I had to power down, Joe I think picked up the first flag as he rushed back to his starting point, again overshooting the second flag. However, for regular followers of this blog and the match reports it will come as no surprise that Ian, having recovered from loosing his first life, quickly made it to the second flag and ultimately the third thus winning his third game of RoboRally and indeed EVERY game of it we have played – well done or maybe that should be boo hiss.
Saboteur (Age 8+, 3- 10 players, 30 min playing time)
A great evening’s gaming rounded off with a lively conversation on schools and discipline, made especially interesting by the presence of two sixth form pupils from St Gregory’s Tunbridge Wells.