My Wednesday board games night meets in one of the event rooms of a local restaurant. Sometimes the banquet hall next to us is in use too, and because the two rooms are only divided by some windows and a doorway, the other groups sometimes get annoyed by our noise. “Other groups” mostly meaning the bicycle club, which I also call the Bike Gang in derision (I’m not sure anyone else is amused by this but I’m okay with entertaining myself). One week we arrived to find that they had pushed all our tables as far back towards the opposite wall from their room as they could, and they once tried to prove to the waitstaff that they spend more money than we do and thus should get preferential treatment. I try to be a gracious person, but the Bike Gang are our rivals.
Anyway, this was apparently supposed to be the Wednesday the Bike Gang met, but our waitress informed us that it looked like they wouldn’t be showing up this time and we could be as loud as we wanted. Good news, too, because half of us started off the evening with a lot of loud dice rolling.
Half our group split off to play Baseball Highlights: 2045, and after some discussion about what the rest of us should play, I suggested Las Vegas. I’ve been curious about it since I saw it being played on International Tabletop Day, but usually it’s not the sort of game to show up on a Wednesday.
I quickly learned that this is one of those games that involves lots of groaning, cursing, and trying to convince people that they really want to screw over *that* guy instead. Not that it did any of us any good. One good round and Brett had it in the bag. I never had a chance.
You can see there’s some fierce competition for that $50,000 and also for the $80,000 near the top. Sadly, I didn’t get either. I think I managed to get a paltry $100,000. This is why I don’t gamble.
We ended up calling the game an hour and a half in because not everyone was
having fun, and two more people had arrived who were waiting to join in a game. I would have been happy to keep playing, though. I think Las Vegas is exactly the sort of game my family back home would enjoy, and I’ll be looking into purchasing a copy for them.
While we waited for Robot Baseball to finish up, we started up a game of Codenames. Brett headed up the red team, as he and two of the other guys were wearing red shirts, and I took charge of the blue team, since we were all wearing blue tops (one of them was dark grey, actually, but close enough). It was like we’d planned it that way! Actually I was the one who insisted that Brett and I switch places so the colors would match… he rolled his eyes at me but agreed to do it anyway.
For the first few rounds, there was no contest – my blue team was wiping the floor with those red spys. Then I started to get careless with my clues (“Oz, 1” when both ‘witch’ and ‘lion’ were on the table) and red caught up fast. In my defense, I had no idea that “scrimshaw” wasn’t a common word, and I was lucky that they remembered enough about it to guess ‘ivory’.
Sometimes playing board games with a bunch of men cracks me up, because I get to witness conversation gems like:
“The clue is: Horror, 2”
“Hmm, horror. Well, ‘witch’ is something you might find in horror, there’s ‘film’, oh, ‘date’! Dates are horrifying!”
*murmured agreement among the other men at the table*
“The clue is: Dungeon, 2”
“Could be ‘cross’, like the crucifixion.”
“That didn’t happen in a dungeon…”
“Hm… Oh, ‘pass’! You can totally make a pass at someone in a dungeon.”
I don’t even know.
In the end, despite my mistakes, our team emerged victorious. Mostly because the red team guessed one of our words, sparing me the trouble of finding a way to connect “cross” and “time” without resorting to obscure theological words no one else would know, like “eschatological”.
Then it was time for more “what game should we play next” game! “More Codenames”, “Dixit”, and “Mysterium” were all brought up as suggestions. Since I had brought Dixit for the express purpose of playing Dixit Mysterium, I suggested that, and it was met with approval. The rest of the gang broke off to play some Evolution and Fuse.
I’ve written about Dixit Mysterium, and the game of “vanilla” Mysterium that followed (“Let’s play again!” “Eh, I don’t know guys, I need to sleep…” “Come on, you’re never going to get in 100 plays if you don’t!”) on my 100 Play Challenge blog . But, in short: Dixit Mysterium kicked our butts, but it was a worthwhile challenge that I’m sure will be attempted again.
Mysterium #13 – Dixit Mysterium
Mysterium #14 – Return to Normal