Games in a Pub – 13th November 2011

Two new faces and three very different games

We started the evening with the fun family game Fuchs and Fertig – which I am sure would have surprised other punters in the pub had they come close enough to see what we were playing!
Fuchs & Fertig - Some of the cards

Fuchs and Fertig is a game about guessing the size of the animal on the next card you turnover (from the Ant to the Bear) it’s very light (child friendly), fast and with its push your luck element funny when you and your fellow players get it wrong. A full review of the game can be seen here.

With two new people joining us (one having travelled from Eastbourne) we moved onto Discworld: Ankh-Morpork a game played at our last Sunday session and that I had reviewed in the intervening time. Having explained the rules and with characters chosen we quickly get into the swing of the game with me demanding money with menaces, Martin retaliating with an assassination of one of my minions and Simon and Oliver going about achieving their objectives in an equally interactive (aggressive) fashion.
Discworld: Ankh-Morpork - A game about a city where assassinations are common place. As it was my minion I didn't see what was funny!

My objective as Lord Rust was to exert control over a mere 4 areas of the city, however unfortunately for me the others quickly spotted what I was up to and made sure that my building and minions were constantly assailed keeping me well clear of my victory threshold. Oliver threw everybody of the scent having little money but being Chrysoprase was actually trying to amass $50 and came very close through the acquisition of lots of properties (all of which counted towards his total), Simon if memory serves me correctly was Lord Vetinari but certainly had meAnkh-Morpork - The character card for the Dragon King of Arms
convinced he was Chrysoprase. However it was the Dragon King of Arms, Martin, who won in the end having spread chaos (trouble markers) throughout the city, well done. Although I am sure I heard him claiming at the beginning of the game that he didn’t entirely get it! All agreed that it would have been better had the city areas been more clearly marked out and that it was a game that would benefit from being played more than once.
Discworld: Ankh-Morpork - The Dragon King of Arms (aka Martin) emerged triumphant having spread trouble throughout the city

With Discworld: Ankh-Morpork complete by shortly after 9pm we had time to try another game brought back from Essen 2011, The Dwarf King. This is essentially a trick taking game where the rules change after each hand and for those who care about such things some it has some lovely artwork.
The Dwarf King - The 5's from each suit

Struggling at times with the English translation of this French game we nevertheless had some fun with this chaotic card game which saw me head well into the negative points and Martin emerge triumphant for the second time in the evening.
The Dwarf King - The players

More photo's from the evening can be seen here.

Our next event at the Blue Anchor, Crowborough is in two weeks time on Sunday 27th November starting at 7pm - £1 per head. More details can be seen on our Facebook Page Social Gamers - Crowborough

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