|Dost though want Ham, Egg, and Cheese?|
Dave's Taylor Ham, Egg, and Cheese was missing the cheese. We discussed the merits of sending versus not-sending food back. Paul and I both argued to not send it back and avoid the return of the item with the chef's special sauce. Dave argued from a dog's eye perspective: if the food is bad, he throws it up, no problem. But I digress. What does this have to do with gaming?
|Carcassone gets a good laugh|
Soon Val appeared bearing a heavy sack of games and supplies. He propped his bag upon a low coffee table as if he were staying for a few nights at the local Embassy Suites. Out came his favorite pipe and latest homebrewing experiments. We launched into a few games of Carcassonne. It was Val's first Carcassonne games, but he caught on quickly and seemed to like this light, quick tile laying game. Carcassonne proved to be quite popular and was played 3 times over the course of the day.
|Camel Jockies ponder oases|
As the afternoon progressed other gamers started to trickle in: Andy, Brian, Doug and later on Kevin. Each gamer brought more games, food, and ale. Soon there here was a mountain of chips, pretzels, and sweets on the tables. Dave's spare refrigerator burst to its seams. My favorite snack was the crab seasoned potato chips. These reminded me of summer vacations on the New Jersey shore. Others started in on the ales and good beers. There was a distinct feeling of contentment in the air.
|How dare thee challenge my Barbarian!|
Shortly after the tournament it was time for more food. We dined on some excellent subs from the local sandwich shop. Dave expertly wrote the order, and surprisingly the sandwich shop got the order correct. There were no mishaps and no sandwiches lost to the hounds this year.
The party fractured into three tables of gaming. In the late afternoon there were games of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Dragon Delta, Durch die Wuste, Lost Cities , and Kahuna. There is nothing quite as happy as the hum and chatter of several gaming tables going at once.
|Much gambling at the Melee tournament|
As the evening wore on, more gamers switched over to drinking beers. Bernie, the Duke of Chutney showed up with a large bottle of Jameson's whiskey, and this also was consumed by many of the cold gamers. Marta, Jen, Jane, and Mary made appearances throughout the day. However they seemed more interested in hanging out than in playing.
There were excellent games of Torres and the Settlers of Catan. Torres was fun since we used advanced rules where each player started with all action cards in hand. We used one of the master game scoring cards as a bonus scoring goal for all to try. I got lucky and ran away with the Torres game. I was paid back in spades by doing very poorly in the following Settlers game which Kevin won handily.
It was nearing midnight when another Acquire game started. I broke off with Brian and played a few two player games: Stratego: Legends and Battle Cry. Stratego: Legends is more fun than regular Stratego. There are special abilities for most of the pieces, and these tend to make the game more wild. For instance, Dwarf pieces may receive a +2 for being near the Dwarf king. This also makes the game more strategic as you move and align your armies to their maximum advantage. Battle Cry was well received initially as Brian got off to a 4 to 3 flag lead. However, my massive Union forces bore down on him and ended the game 6 flags to 4. He was bitching and moaning, but he appeared to like the game.
|A game of 2 shots, one beer|
In all there were 9 gamers who played 24 games.
That does not seem like a lot of games for about 18 straight hours of
but does there ever seem to be enough games played.
Time goes by so quickly!
Kevin won the award for most outstanding player, followed by Paul.
And Dave and I received the super dedicated award for most games
played that day (14 games).
In summation, everyone had a good time and vowed to return next time.