Games in a Pub – 15th January 2012

A quiet evening with some familiar games
Discworld:Ankh-Morpork - The Dragon King, two Lords and Chrysoprase. But who is who?
With a little confusion over dates to start the New Year and with apologies from 5 regulars before we even started the evening was never likely to yield a big turnout. That said 5 new people had made contact over Christmas having only just discovered us I was hopeful of a few new faces.

The good news is that although in the end none of those 5 was able to join us on this particular occasion Robin was. Typical of most of the people that join us he likes games but to never having played any of the games we play before but. Having spotted our activities through a combination of this blog and Facebook he was intrigued enough to join us and give the games a chance.

As to what games to play, Oliver was enthusiastic proposer of Discworld:Ankh-Morpork a game he had played with us twice before, so with no gainsayers and Robin having read all the Terry Pratchett novels it was the obvious choice.
Discworld: Ankh-Morpork - The 7 Personality Cards
Described in more detail in my review Discworld:Ankh-Morpork is a board game with a play a card take a card mechanic where each player has a hidden identity and potentially different objectives to win the game. Suffice to say that it was a close fought game with Oliver, one of the Lords (he used one of the Game cards to try to change his character early in the game only to get another Lord in replacement - he was unimpressed with this turn of fortune) on the cusp of winning a number of times only to be hauled back from the victory line, by random events and the unhelpful attentions of the other players. Karen (Dragon King of Arms) won in the end through the helpful intervention of the Demon random event card (this introduced an additional four trouble markers to the game board, Karen’s victory condition requiring 8 trouble markers on the board) and the distraction of the other players who noted the level of trouble and strangely then did nothing about it!
Discworld: Ankh-Morpork - Buildings with Minions and Trouble Markers
I think this might be attributed to the alcohol (not that there was much) or the mistaken belief that the Dragon King of Arms wasn’t one of the characters in play. Both Robin as Chrysoprase (how do you pronounce this name??) and Simon as another Lord competed well but were undone in their battle for supremacy by the almost constant efforts to stop Oliver and ultimately the good fortune of Karen.
This game with two newcomers and quiet a lot of pondering of choices took a little longer than normal and so sadly Karen left us at its conclusion leaving the rest of us to play Space Beans. An interesting card game that Simon had brought along that required players to collect sets of bean cards but notably required players to pass their unused cards to their right (anti clockwise) whilst the game proceeded in a clockwise direction. This perhaps not surprisingly led to quite a bit of amusing confusion with victory in the end going to Simon.
Space Beans - 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 29th January starting at 7pm - £1 per head. More details can be seen on our Facebook Page Social Gamers - Crowborough

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