Match Report – 8th October 2012

Trains, boats, a galaxy far far away and + a little ghost! 

As the team gathered we started with that old favourite, Straw and played a few hands of this until it was clear that somebody had beaten me – Crispin!
Ticket To Ride: Europe - Crispin spots I have the camera and Daniella doesn't look happy at how the other game is going

With 6 people gathered around the table Ben led a team of intrepid astronauts in a game of Galaxy Trucker whilst I led Crispin and Malcolm in their first game of Ticket To Ride: Europe. This was quickly explained and resulted in a very close game and a marginal win to me. Malcolm attempted to claim bonus points as he had been part of the project team that installed new signalling equipment along one of the routes on the eastern coast of the Adriatic. A claim that, however valid and creative, we declined to accept. Having now played this three times I can see why it is rated so highly as a gateway game. Both Malcolm and Crispin gave it big thumbs up.
Ticket To Ride: Europe - The board midway through the game
A board game, with the need for planning - but not too much, playing time of around an hour and fast game play. It was frequently the case that it was your turn again before you had re-ordered your cards.

Sadly Ben’s game did not quiet as well with Kelly and Daniella (who has played it before and enjoyed it) not really enjoying the game and whilst the ladies completed the first mission Ben’s space craft was badly knocked about in the flight and his crew wiped out. This didn’t however change Ben’s view that this is one of his favourite games.

With Galaxy Trucker abandoned they moved onto Geistesblitz 2.0 with as you would expect much laughter, as players sought to grab the correct object before their fellow players and as is the case so often with this game grabbed the wrong object!
Geistesblitz 2.0 - A funny game
With Giestesblitz 2.0 complete another game was called for and it has to be said I shamelessly suggested the latest review game from Zoch, Riff Raff. This is a dexterity game that made its first appearance at our last games evening. In the first game of this Kelly sadly ended up with more cargo at the end of the game than she started but this did not seem to detract from her enjoyment as once the first game was complete Malcolm joined them for a second game.
Riff Raff - The ship settles at a challenging angle but without the cargo falling and Ben can now relax!
As the second game neared its conclusion there was enthusiastic discussion about what an excellent game this was, how well it would work with families, particularly at Christmas and WHERE CAN YOU BUY IT? This later comment being made by 2 or 3 of those present and being notable for all the fact that our regulars love playing the games they rarely react so enthusiastically to a new game.

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

If you would like to try some of the games talked about on this blog come along to our next evening at the Blue Anchor, Crowborough is in two weeks time on Sunday 14th October starting at 7.00pm - £1 per head. More details can be seen on our Facebook Page Social Gamers - Crowborough

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