Only four for game night tonight – R and N made the trek from the sticks to game with us, which is particularly impressive given that N is 32 weeks pregnant … with twins.
Further endearing themselves to us, they brought Pandemic so that we could give it another try.
We played with the Researcher, Dispatcher, Medic and Scientist – which I suspect is the optimum combination of 4 roles. Some fairly friendly draws let us mostly ignore Jaundice and Scarlet Fever, although the Black Death threatened for a while. Ultimately, though, we were Smurfed across the US and even over to the UK – literally one move before we would have won. We had developed cures for everything except red and, as next player, I held the five cards I needed to find it (and was in easy reach of a research station) – but four of the seven top cards were blue, and three of them came out. Across the world, people are singing, playing flutes, wearing little white caps and remodelling toadstools.
We followed Pandemic with a game of Sorts – I’ve had a look at the game before but have not actually played it. It’s a trivia-style game where instead of picking one correct answer you have to rank the 5 possible actions according to some (specified) attribute.
I’m not usually big on party games but I was really in the mood for a party game tonight, and I did enjoy this. I could see that it would be fun to play in teams as well as individually. Fraser feels that the board “adds a gamey element”; I feel that the board is unnecessary. These two viewpoints are probably not quite as at odds as they seem.
I enjoyed Sorts quite a lot. It was fun, it was silly, and the topics seemed to be interesting. We only came across one question that could/should have been clearer. I could see myself playing this one again.