I never realized how many different games there are out there. I always figured you had your classics, the Monopoly, Scrabble, Sorry-type stuff, and then a few other oddball sorts of games. Well, you learn something new all the time.
I've got some friends, my two previous roommates and some other old acquaintances from my undergraduate days, and they have get-togethers frequently to play all sorts of different games. And even though I live about two hours away, they're nice enough to invite me up to take part in the fun. Which is why yesterday's post was so early (so I could hightail it up there) and today's is so late (not really, I've just haven't felt motivated today, but it gives the sentence a sense of symmetry this way). I just wanted to talk briefly about some of the games.
For Sale: Very quick, easy to pick up. You bid for properties, numbered 1-30. After x number of rounds (depending on how many are playing), you set out four different checks, for amounts from 0 to 15 grand. Each person lays out one of the cards they picked up, face down. Person whose card is the highest number, gets the most money, second gets second-most and so on. After all the cards are used up, see who has the most cash (including any left over from the bidding). So it's all about knwoing when to go all out.
Arkham Horror: This was my personal favorite, because it promotes cooperative gameplay. If one of the other characters lacks weapons to defend themselves with, you can give them one of yours, as you scramble through the town trying to seal portals to stop the ascension of some Lovecraft monster. Depending on what monster you face, and how successful you are at closing portals, you may never face the boss at all, or you may lose instantly. I felt bad for Tomato, because at the time the boss showed, her character was "Lost in Time in Space", and so she never got to take a shot at him. Still a lot of fun though.
Carcassonne: I'm not even gonna try and explain this one, other than to say you use tiles to build cities, roads, and cloisters. Suffice it to say, I got harshly poned ("pwned" just seems such a dumb way to spell it) by everyone else.
Vegas Showdown: As near I can tell, it's a game about building a casino/hotel, which you attempt to set up to bring in high revenue and people. To do that you, have to buy certain things for it, like restaurants, slots, sports books, etc. Depending on how many other players want the same thing, you may get into a bidding war, but you can always go for publicity to raise your fame (provided the card that says "no publicity this round" wasn't drawn) For someone who doesn't feel he has a good gift for strategy like myself, it can't be that hard to play, seeing as I won on my first try. *does victory dance, in an horrific display of poor board game sportsmanship*
And here I thought board games were for kids. After all, who needs 'em when you've got the Xbox and the PC and the *begins making goofy, Bill Cosby noises*
Ahem. Sorry about that. My point was that, well, I really do learn something new every day. Good night all.