A three player game of Tzolk’in to start the night off—Erik had a good engine that was just not aimed at a plausible endgame. Abby’s preference with the gods earns her second and I use the mooch Monument to win. Fun, but really rusty play by me and Erik. Abby is a natural gamer and fought my inadvertent bad advice to eke out 2nd.
Afterwards I bullied everyone out of wanting to play Cosmic Encounter and instead we played my new favorite Sheepshead. First two times around was a six-person dealer-sit-out game. I got cracked on the second hand because I called with mediocre stuff too early in turn order. Didn’t even get Schneider so -16 and I never got better than -2 after that. In what will become familiar, Nelson and I finish negative with Landon, Abby, Jake and Erik taking home fake money. (Scores, -13, -10, 12, 9, 1, 1 respectively)
Abby thought sleeping sounded better than hanging out with 4 marginally employed drifters and her boyfriend so she took her 9 dollars and walked. The rest of us played twice more around the table and we saw our first round of Leaster, two Blitzes and a triple-crack castration which I, of course, was at the Partner end of. I re-cracked with one trump when I was partnered with Nelson who had a history of Picking with jack shit. He surprised no one by having jack shit.
Final score: Nels, -74; Joe, -15; Lando, 21; Gob. 29; Brek, 39.
Thankfully we have nearly a year before the next World Series of Sheepshead. I still have yet to finish a game in positive territory (I like to pretend I’m just subconsciously being a good host…)