not a beautiful or unique snowflake (nothings) wrote,
not a beautiful or unique snowflake

game night

nine attending. I arrived just as a game of Bohnanza and a game of Dragon's Gold were starting; I joined the latter and was crushed. Then we played Don, a wacky bidding game, and I was crushed. I'd like to play it again a few more times, but it seemed to have serious momentum issues with six players. Then we played an extremely short game of Grave Robbers From Outer Space, because Warren was curious to try it since he didn't want to buy it sight unseen, but it was a total beer and pretzels game that wasn't a good fit for our crowd, so I rolled credits very early, and we stopped after just one hand. (Although it had been played on previous game nights with some success with certain other subsets of our crowd.) Then we started a game of Filthy Rich, since Warren also had never played it before (or, in fact, Don or Dragon's Gold), but it was actually too late and we didn't finish.

General observations: the timer gimmick in Dragon's Gold makes it interestingly social, but it seems like after only a couple of games you'll have sort of explored the entire space of gameplay. Filthy Rich's multipage mechanic is still too messy and feels like there's a way wider standard deviation than something like Settlers of Catan. Don we need to collect more data on. Bohnanza we suffered a bit from certain people trading really optimally with each other and some of us having nothing to trade to anyone.
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