Games! at last!

27 Mar

I had to work today, so the girls went to my parents’ last night. They will bring them back tomorrow, on their way to babysit my niece.

I am always anxious when they drive in the car with my dad, especially in heavy rain. If it’s wet tomorrow, I might need to sort myself out to go over there and pick them all up. I reassure myself (Somewhat) that my mother is an anxious passenger but is still willing to ride with dad.

Anyway. With them enjoying their sleep-over, I got to go to games tonight.

First up was Pandemic, which I have been keen to try. We lost to a particularly nasty yellow virus that sort of leapfrogged off itself.

I liked the co-operative element, particularly the different powers/roles that players had. We played a very open, chatty game and managed to do some good things – but didn’t realise just how fast those infections could spread. Passing cards seems to be particularly tricky, by the time you both make your way to the city in question. I’d like to try the game again and/or with fewer players – but I’m not convinced that it’s one I want to buy. It will take a few more playings to see.

After that was Agricola. Doug and I seem to have the only copies in Melbourne (possibly in Australia) so it is always in demand when it makes it to game sessions. We insist on teaching the Family Game up-front.

Fraser-the-Ungentleman won, as usual. He chose to sit immediately in front of me today, which kinda sucked. Next time, he’s over the other side of the table – it is very unbalancing when the 2 most experienced players take turns one after another.


Posted by on March 27, 2008 in children, games


3 responses to “Games! at last!

  1. RacingHippo

    March 28, 2008 at 12:18 am

    I played Pandemic last night, too!

    We managed to get 2 games in (4-player). I have to admit – I love it. Despite having been beaten twice. And I would have been up for another game, too – I don’t want to let the bugger beat me!

    The trick of passing cards is exacerbated somewhat if someone plays the Researcher. I had it both times and either flew all over the world giving cards to people or just followed the scientist around! The nice trick about that role (and a rule that’s easy to miss) is that you can use the ability to pass cards even on another players turn. Kewl.

  2. melissainau

    March 28, 2008 at 7:56 am

    Ah – the Researcher was the missing role.

    I sound more lukewarm about it than I feel. I actually suspect it might do quite well with some of our regular Friday night game group.

    I imagine it would play quite well solo, too (playing 2 or 3 roles in turn).

  3. Fraser

    March 28, 2008 at 4:40 pm

    I was out of the room, I came in and there was only one seat not taken, so it is not like I chose that seat – you could have moved any one of the other players 🙂


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