Sunday, October 26, 2008

Farming the Night Fantastic

Last Tuesday was game night (of course) and I'm finally finding the time to do a quick writeup.

Lately I haven't been staying at game night very long. I've got a lot of plates spinning these days so my time is getting more and more limited. Still, I do manage to get to game night every Tuesday even if I don't tend to stay longer than eight or nine or so.

This week was no different. I stayed only long enough to play two games but at least they were very good ones!

My first game of the night was one of my all-time favorites: Tichu. Oren and I teamed up against Kai and Christopher and the result wasn't so much of a game as a lesson. We crushed them. I don't believe they scored more than a couple hundred points. I could be polite and suggest that we just consistently got the better hands but where would be the fun in that? Naw. It was just raw skill baby. *grin*

Next it was my turn to be schooled. My second and last game of the evening was Uwe Rosenberg's latest masterpiece: Agricola. This was the first time I'd actually played a real game of this (yes, I know, I'm very late to the party) and I was up against Christopher and Kai who have each played the game dozens of times. I could use that as an excuse except I was also playing against Jason who had never played it before. Jason won. Pretty handily. I came in last.

Is Agricola as good as they say it is? Yeah, I think it is. But I spent the first half of the game a little overwhelmed and clueless as to what strategy to pursue. I'm looking forward to playing this one again so I can get another crack at it.