I've just had this week off work, booked it a few weeks ago, the plan was simple. Relax, family and friends time, and plenty of games.
On Wednesday (3rd October), Alison and Jodie came round. We played some epic games as we had a Game Day. We finished our Guild Quest which started back in May. One of the last games was Catan, always a pleasure to play, but this one was over 2 hours long. Alison won nicely, but I have to have a moan. I sat there for an hour as the dice ignored me. It's one of those placement games and it's right at the beginning of the game that matters. I wish I'd put my settlement in another location, but you just don't know how the dice are going to be. The robber was heavily active in this one too. Bloody number 7.
We started a Ticket To Ride league, Caroline won the first game. The Ticket To Ride franchise is going to play a big role in Game Day leagues from now on. Once we finish this, we're going to Europe. After that, who knows? We'll be doing a new place every league. My friend Ewa should be hopefully joining us next year as well for future leagues since I brainwashed her in to playing the game. We just have to wait until our kids go to school, more time then to game.
The funniest game was Codenames. Caroline and Jodie took on me and Alison in two games. The first game was looking bad for us, and in the end we could have won if my final guess was correct. Of course, it couldn't have been any worse, I found the assassin. The second game, Caroline and Jodie were having the same issue, and they had a final guess to either win or the lose the game. Caroline only went and picked their final winning card. Talk about two nasty games of Codenames, well for our team at least.
Caroline won the Game Day award and then she had to play against Jodie at a quick game of Black Jack for the Guild award, which Jodie won.
Thursday was bit of a relax day. We took Maverick out to a kids activity place where we used the slide a lot, and kicked some footballs about, I had more fun doing that in a closed off area than Maverick. Hehe.
Friday, we took Mave to see his cousin's. He had a lot of fun, and I forced a Game Day on them. I wasn't sure how my bro and sister-in-law would manage seeing as it was their first time doing votes and stuff. Felt like I forced it on them a bit. But they enjoyed it, introduced Yahtzee to Game Day, as Matthew plays it a fair amount with me. Caroline won the Game Day again and I got the Guild. A really good day.
Saturday, got a few odd jobs done and then went to Ewa's house so Maverick could spend some time with her kids, and I could show her and her husband Carcassonne. We also played a game of Ticket To Ride. Ewa has learnt well, that or her tickets were amazing. She beat us all. Good games, company, and cake.
Good holidays always have to come to an end. It was a nice few days where I didn't have to go to work. Now I'm planning some awesome things for my birthday next year. Got to start looking at Adventure Week 4 next year as well.
Next week is Game Days 48, 49 and 50. Three in a row. I'll blog it after it happens, but these are going to be awesome.
Before playing and finishing our Dominoes tournament, myself, my granddad (Bernard) and my mother (Diane), all sat down to play Ticket To Ride. In fact it was my mum's first game. This is currently my favourite game, win or lose, I have a good time. When you're on the edge of victory though and the cards don't come out, it is a menace, especially when there's a 20 point card waiting to mess you up.
It was approaching the end of the game when Bernard used his last few trains, sparking the last round. He'd used them all so he wasn't going to get another go anyway, but it meant it was my turn and I still needed 2 black cards to net me 15 points, and to complete my ticket from Los Angeles to Miami. It's a 20 point card, I knew if I didn't get the cards I needed, I'd be losing instead of gaining and I'd lose big time. I took two cards from the deck, there was bugger all on the 5 flat. Nothing appeared to help me. I bagged another 10 points, made no difference. Diane finished her turn, it was time to score.
Bernard came second and finished his two tickets. Diane had won, longest train, and 4 tickets complete, finishing on 100 points. After working it out, if I'd have got those black cards to finish my stupid 20 point ticket, I'd have won by 118. Not only would I have got 15 points for the track, 20 points for the ticket, I would have also got the longest train. Absolute, total, complete, FAIL! So I ended up on 63.
It's incredible how one single card can mess you over so much. Thing is, on one of my turns, I chose to take some more tickets. I decided to keep this one. It's a little bit my own fault, but then again, if I hadn't have tried, I'd have still lost anyway because Diane had been so successful with her tickets.
They both played very well. Bernard has got the hang of the game, and Diane did brilliant on her first try. It was a lot of fun, and as much of a bitch it is, I have a new memory of fail. :) Ticket To Ride is still my favourite game of the moment.
Remember kids. Don't just sit there... Game!
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