Games in a Pub – 11th November 2012

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Oliver had told us all a couple of weeks ago that he would be moving out of the area soon and as this would be his final night with us he was given free reign to choose the evenings games.
Braggart - The players
First up was a game of Braggart, reviewed here, this was a game that has been played at our games evening a number of times and with much laughter. It is one of those games which can be played at two levels. You either go for points and don’t worry about the cards or go for fun reading out the boast (made up of a Foe and a Deed card plus optionally Scene and or Result cards). I think this game lived up to Oliver’s hopes and may yet be his first game purchase as he felt his family would enjoy this one.

Article 27: The UN Security Council Game - The players
Next up was Article 27: The UN Security Council Game a game we had started playing at our last evening but run out of time. This is a game that will appeal to those who like lots of social interaction and horse trading as players seek to get their issues (hidden objectives) included in the next Security Council Motion, using a combination of persuasive argument, bribes and if all else fails the threat of a veto. As Martin and I have discovered this is a game that plays very differently depending on the group you are playing with. On this occasion I think the 6 of us could have been split as the end of the game with 2 players having significantly (50%) less influence then they started with, 2 of us with marginally more and two Martin and Robin with well over double and nearly treble the influence they started with. Robin was the winner of this game.
Ticket To Ride: Europe - The players
Half way through our game Matt, Adam and Nick joined us and Martin and I took turns helping them set up a game of Ticket To Ride: Europe. I think victory in the end went to Nick with his yellow coaches and the longest railway.
Trans Europa - The players
With only half an hour left the 6 of us (Martin, Simon, Oliver, Robin and Stephene) had a quick game of Tran Europa (reviewed here and which could simplistically be described as Ticket To Ride light), with Martin again finishing in second place whilst on this occasion I managed to pip him to the winning spot.

During the evening we had a look at the beautiful paint job that Stephene had done on CGE’s Tzolk’in: The Mayan Calendar. Maybe we will get to play this next time.
Tzolk'in: The Mayan Calendar - The central wheel before it is painted

Lastly I should just say a quick word of thank to Oliver who joined us back on the 1st May 2011 and has been our most regular attendee. Seeing us through the early days when it was touch and go as to whether we would give up on our effort to start a group of social gamers in Crowborough, to the point now where we know have a regular group. We wish him well with his future endeavours and happy gaming!

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

Our next event at the Blue Anchor, Crowborough is in two weeks time on Sunday 25th November starting at 7.00pm - £1 per head. More details can be seen on our Facebook Page Social Gamers - Crowborough

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