After our Christmas meal the week before, only six people turned up for the meeting before Christmas. Light games were the fare.
In fact, the price never seemed worth having and, as chance would have it, the fox struck a different player each scoring round, roughly evening out the bad luck. Jon was ahead early but once I realised the importance of starting as many sets as possible I was able to take the lead...(scores may not be totally correct).
Philip 17 John 14 James I 12
From foxes to guns...
Ca$h 'n' Gun$ [thanks Andy]
It quickly became apparent that if you want to do well at this game you should play with people that others would really like to plug with a bullet. So it proved as James, Jon and Gareth all found themselves staring down the barrels of numerous revolvers and the brave (Gareth) quickly found himself nursing injuries while the cowardly picked up shame tokens.
Paul's Bang Bang Bang card gave Andy a wound while he was preparing to finish Gareth off, thus saving Thomason's skin. But when it came down to the final reckoning Andy had kept his head down long enough to accumulate just enough cash to win.
Final scores: Andy $70,000; Gareth, Phil and Paul $65,000; James $50,000 and Jon $45,000
Not robbers but Indians next...(postive numbers in Coyote are Indians).
Coyote (thanks Jon)
The game is basically a deck of cards which mostly have numbers from 1-5 on them, but also have some 10’s, 20’s and wild cards (-10 / - highest other card etc). Each player takes a card, and without looking at it, attaches it to his head, so that everyone else can see it. Therefore you can see every card apart from your own. Players then begin bidding an amount which they think that the total of all the cards doesn’t exceed, until someone decides that it is too high and challenges the previous bid ( a la Perudo). Players who have bid or challenged incorrectly then take a token (also attached to their head!) and when they have 3 tokens, they are eliminated. Last man standing wins. It sounds simple, and it is, but there is something very amusing about seeing another player with a “-10” on their head which they don’t know about, but something equally as frustrating about not knowing what’s stuck to your own forehead! Philip and James were the first to depart the game, closely followed by Gareth and then Paul. It was then left to a showdown between Jon and Andy, which Jon won in the final round.
This is actually a really fun game, and one that I enjoyed more than Perudo, as there is a lot more knowledge available. Definitely an enjoyable way to pass 20 mins, and worth it just to see Philip wearing a red headband.
Jon – won; Andy – 2nd; Paul; Gareth; Philip; James
Less bluffing, more fighting in our next game....
King of Tokyo (thanks Jon)
Jon – won; Andy – 2nd; James; Gareth; Phil; Paul – all died
Linq (thanks Jon)
P.S "Hold on high their shameless heads" is from Gilbert and Sullivan's Ruddigore