With 5 minutes to go till 7pm we had received only one email to say Natalie would be joining us and 1 phone call from Ben to say he wouldn’t. It looked like it was going to be a very quiet night.
But then the doorbell started ringing and we were suddenly knee deep in gamers. Malcolm, Ruth (for her quarterly fix of games), Daniella, Crispin (a late but very welcome decision to join us, after a hard day sitting reading the paper- retirement is tough!) and of course Natalie.
I am not sure if they had been planning it but they all seemed very jovial and full of witticisms largely at the expense of yours truly! I think the return of Crispin may well have had something to do with this boisterous humour.
7 Wonders and with a quick explanation of the rules to the two that had not been with us for our last evening, we were soon plunged into the wonders of the ancient world and the building of our various civilisations. With Daniella now knowing the rules her magic was broken (see our last match report) and I felt the threat would come from elsewhere on this occasion. When it came to the scoring Ruth put in a very fine effort nearly pulling off Daniella’s feet of the previous meeting, but luckily for me not quiet.
Then it was time for me to make the coffees and for the rest to have a quick game of Fuchs and Fertig, won by our quarterly visitor. Munchies had been baked once again by Natalie on this occasion cappuccino muffins, plus some chocolate scrummies provided by Malcolm and Ruth.
With Crispin beginning to tire after his mental excursions we were looking for something light and amusing. My suggestions were either Kalimambo or Pictomania. Ruth and Natalie both normally happy to go with the flow were keen supporters of choosing Pictomania. What followed was a very lively game with much abuse being thrown at each other as one or more of us called into question the drawings of our fellow players.
More photo's from the evening can be seen here.