On Friday, Jake said he was available for some afternoon gaming and I leaped at the chance, naturally. He said he wanted to warm up with the ‘catsup’ game and, correct me if I’m wrong, I think I may have lost to him in at least one of our Ketchup games. It’s good to let people win once and a while so they keep coming back.
I then presented a variety of games and Agricola was Jake’s choice. We, of course, played the family version and finished 38-33 with me taking the lead. Excellent first play by Jake, I must say, to break 30, however. He liked it and wanted to play again but I steered him toward Innovation since I knew he knew how to play.
I got Code of Laws early which I think allowed me to basically splay every pile. I then got three special achievements pretty easy and then added score upon score to win the game in the sixth age, I think. Jake did nab a fair amount of achievements but with all the splaying I had going on, it was difficult for him to do much of anything.
He left with a promise to come back later, and as the evening fell, Erik showed up for a low-key night in. We played some heads up Carcassonne, Biblios (my Biblios winning streak continues), and TZAAR while waiting for Jake to return.
When he did, I strongly suggested Troyes. I gave a better (I hope. At least more sober) presentation of the rules and we gave it a go. Definitely chalk this one up as a learning game as most of the game felt like just trying out mechanics. I did win, however, with 40some points.
Scyler then returned from dinner with Grandma to play a little bit more Carcassonne before Jake whisked himself away, again. We played with Inns & Cathedrals and I spent the majority of the game working on one 18 tile city with a Cathedral. I finally got the tile to close it off…and Brekke sabotaged. What a dick. I got lapped by nearly everyone.
11pm was rolling in… Many hours of gaming already behind me but I figured we might as well play Caylus. I had to avenge my one point loss to Brekke on my birthday AND he had just ruined my 60 point City in Carcassonne…
I wasn’t feeling too confident after taking a -3 during Wall scoring, but I was the only one with enough gold to build prestige buildings and I built two in the last round for 30 points. I squeaked out a win and put the long marathon day of gaming to rest.
A post about yesterday’s successful Abstract Gaming day will follow tomorrow—I have apparently broken Jeff’s camera with all my board game pictures so sadly you will all have to deal with the crappy iPod camera again…