Games, Baking, Animals, Children and Games

09 Nov

Kicked today off with a LupusLanding games day on Brettspielwelt. When I logged in, I was informed by a friend that I was learning Dominion today. She told me the rules in one window while I waited for it to load, and then we were off.

Now I am not someone who learns rules easily from being told them. I like to play with the bits and read the rules and get an idea of how to play from that. So I learned the mechanics, but when someone played a Militia card and the others told me to discard my green cards, I figured that was what the green cards were for. And I discarded them regularly, and ignored them for the rest of the game. And I finished on 3 points.

Part-way through game 2, I asked how you score points. “From the green cards, silly. I told you that.” – oops. When I say part-way, I mean most of the way. I finished with 5 points that game.

For those that don’t know Dominion? You start with 3 points. And there’s no way to lose points given the basic set of cards.

Big blush.

Following that embarassment, there was Diamant and TransAmerica online. Now there are not a great many games that I loathe, but TransAmerica is one of them. I rarely play it and never suggest it. Sometimes, though, the company is good enough that even TA is a good alternative. Today was one of those days.

Finishing BSW after a record-breaking (for being short) 2 hours, it was time for baking. My brother is not shy about telling us what to do – With the invitations to my niece’s second birthday party, mum was instructed to supply a fruit platter, I was instructed to supply chocolate-coconut slice.

Me: But don’t you want cupcakes or gingerbread or …

Dave: No. Chocolate coconut slice.

Me (meekly): OK.

I had a shower and got dressed, then Otto and I baked while the Bigster washed her hair. 

Then I did the Bigster’s hair while we watched My Fair Lady, and then Fraser got Otto dressed while I did my hair.

OMG it was 2pm already!

Biggie iced the slice while I supervised and Fraser and Otto wrapped my niece’s gift (a “My first words in Hungarian” t-shirt and a bag from the Paddington Bear stand at Paddington Station).

Grabbed slice and gift and headed out the door – but not to the party yet.

See, November 9th is Fraser’s and my wedding anniversary.

We got engaged at the zoo and got married at the zoo – and every year, on November 9th, we go back to the Melbourne Zoo to celebrate.

Despite carpark renovations and a band that seemed to consist mostly of a variety of different drums, we found our way to the restaurant. The new caterers are good. With our rather yummy lunches, I had champagne sparkling wine and Fraser had beer, and we speculated about how far we would get if we ran away while the children were going to the toilet. Good times. 🙂

Finished lunch by 3.30 and were at Niece’s party by 4, only an hour late. I’ve managed that without the excuse of an anniversary (Dave says we should have celebrated yesterday, Emirates Stakes Day, as it was a Saturday when we were married), so I was reasonably happy.

Party was a party. There are always people it’s nice to see, and there are always conversations that you wish you hadn’t overheard. The kids had fun (Biggie was fantastic, handing around all the food and supervising the little ones – even Otto chased my niece around and brought her back to the party) and everyone got to admire my dad’s mad start on Mo-vember.

Home again and it was time to put into practice what I had learned this morning, with RL a game of Dominion, another that I had brought back from OMGESSEN!. Fraser had been put off (as had I, somewhat) by the comparisons to a CCG – but, as a non-CCGer, I didn’t know what they were after this morning’s play. Then again, some would say that I didn’t know what much was after this morning’s play. And I would be one of them.

Biggie begged to play, so we let her join in.

And she proceeded to cream us.



Melissa 22 (yay, more than 4x what I got this morning …)

Biggie 34 (oh)

Fraser 22 (well there’s something – although he wins the tie-breaker).

I think Fraser and I will have to play again once the kids are both asleep, just to make sure that we make a better showing next time.

Oh – and re the CCG comparisons – yes there’s deck building, but it’s more dynamic than we understand it to be in a CCG, and much much less planned.


Posted by on November 9, 2008 in essen, family, games


6 responses to “Games, Baking, Animals, Children and Games

  1. Larry Levy

    November 10, 2008 at 5:12 am

    Happy anniversary, you two! As the Premeire Couple of Gaming (TM), there should be some sort of celebration on the Geek to note the occasion. Here’s hoping for many, many more.

    You beat Sheryl and I by two days. We were married 18 years ago on 11/11, at 11 AM. I swear we didn’t plan that, it’s just how it happened. Of course, that’s the day and time of the WW I Armistice, so I have no problem remembering our anniversary. Score!

    I’m a little annoyed your friends didn’t stop you from doing Stupid Things on your first game of Dominion. We routinely provide gentle reminders in our group, particularly if it’s the first time someone has played a game. In our egotistical way, this usually goes under “I don’t want to win because you made a damn fool move!”, but the effect is a much friendlier game. I don’t know if BSW makes it harder to notice someone is doing something like that, but it sure would have made your introduction to the game more enjoyable.

  2. Fraser

    November 10, 2008 at 12:01 pm

    We managed a two player game after the kids went to bed. I can confidently state that I have never won a game of Dominion, which is actually better than Trias which I have only ever played four player and have [b]always[/b] come last. At least I managed a second (due to tie-break) in Dominion 🙂

  3. melissainau

    November 11, 2008 at 1:14 pm

    Thanks, Larry. Congratulations to you and Sheryl.

    I’m honestly not sure my friends noticed what I was or wasn’t doing in Dominion. The VP counts aren’t visible and it’s harder to see what someone is doing on their turn, particular with the buys.

  4. melissainau

    November 11, 2008 at 1:15 pm

    Oh and Fraser: Maybe you should stop playing Dominion now 😉

  5. RacingHippo

    November 11, 2008 at 8:34 pm

    With the simple removal of the comma after “baking”, you can change the meaning of that subject quite radically.
    That’s how I read it just now. Perhaps I need more coffee.

  6. LA

    November 13, 2008 at 8:58 am

    You start with 3 points. And there’s no way to lose points given the basic set of cards.
    This isn’t actually true, btw. But it’s probably just as well that you didn’t work out how to lose them… 🙂


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