I am certainly blessed—not necessarily with good luck or skill… but with friends who game. Whenever possible the actual people involved in the following have helped reconstruct the events as they happened.
The Castles of… I don’t want to talk about it.
Ben, pictured looking like a younger version of Jake, perhaps sharing some sort of genes due to having the same mother and father, said he was up for playing Burgundy due to his brother’s recommendation. “Finally,” I thought, “a respite from my losing streak.” Apparently I didn’t think hard enough. We both worked the #1 beginner board and I lost 183-181. I could have tied points-wise if I hadn’t profligately spent two silver on a worthless black market tile (would have lost anyway to the tie breaker). I let Ben get three mines in three rounds. That has been a HUGE indicator of loss for me.
Jake and Ben have played Ketchup and Hex before so I knew Ben would be up for an abstract like ConHex. This game is so great. I prefer it to Hex (well, at least at my skill level) in that I think it’s more prone to changes in momentum—I can come back from three miserable moves to still win (maybe this has less to do with the game than people’s collective experience, I don’t know). I won both very close games and needed something mindless to follow.
Yeah so I lost the first three games I played against Ben to 100 points. Keep in mind I have logged over 70 Crokinole games to his zero. Some people just get it. I did win the fourth and I was saved more losses by Jake and Jeff showing up. Jake and I teamed up to win a team battle against Jeff and Ben.
We didn’t have a whole lot of time before I needed to yell at a television screen so we played one of my favorite three-player games that I can’t seem to win (obviously Jeff was not interested). My 24 points on the Coellen table did (finally) give me the six-point win. (I say “finally” because I always focus on Coellen and it never seems to work. Perhaps sibling rivalry was working in my favor this time). Because I love the game so much I wasn’t empathetic enough to know how much the others enjoyed it at the time, but I did just text Ben what he thought and he replied that he gives it a “four out of five” and says it was “better than a law seminar.”
Let’s get some more games in—specifically Eclipse! Or Summoner Wars! Or seriously more Burgundy so I can break my losing streak! Until next time, folks.