As the group gathered it was no surprise that conversation turned to the Olympics both the highs and lows of Team GB so far, and what all agreed was a brilliant opening ceremony with Mr Bean’s contribution being one of the favourite moments for many.
Selecting the games was eventually achieved with Daniella suggesting Dominion at one end of the table whilst Crispin fancied having a go at Tobago. With Daniella and Malcolm teaching Karen Dominion, the game I was also playing, whilst I kept half an eye on Ruth, Crispin and Natalie as they worked out how to play Tobago. It will surprise none of our regular readers that Daniella won Dominion a game we have played a over 40 times since I bought it at Essen in 2010, but one that somehow Natalie has never played!
Stone Age (one of Gwen’s and my favourites) as a contender for this. Given that I will be writing a review of this game in due course I for one would be very interested in how they react to the game on a second outing.
Army of Frogs, a game by John Yanni the British designer behind the more well known game Hive (a review of which I will be publishing yesterday). Somehow in spite of the combined efforts of the other 3 players I managed to emerge triumphant with a narrow victory.
It was time for coffees and the delicious munchies provided on this occasion by Crispin (a deliciously moist lemon drizzle cake), Natalie (blondies) and Karen (chocolate cookies).
Saboteur 2. This has proven very popular with the group over the last few meetings to the point that I wouldn’t be surprised if we start with it next time! In the end the dwarves (all except the saboteurs) found the gold and through deft placement of the thief Malcolm emerged as the overall winner. The saboteurs had suffered from a little bit of in fighting with Ruth and myself attacking each other in a fit of confusion – oh well.
More photo's from the evening can be seen here.