Date: May 8, 2003
Games: Vampire, "Edel, Stein, & Reich", Trendy, Domaine
Attendees: Ed, Jon, Mark, Robert, Susan
Reporter: Susan Rozmiarek
We seem to be playing a lot of Knizia card games lately and tonight was no exception. We chose Vampire for a quick starter game.Vampire: Ed, Jon, Mark, Robert, Susan This a pretty basic rummy variant, with a few clever twists. There's nothing too terribly new or innovative here, but it is a pleasant filler nonetheless and I was glad to see it hit the table after a long hiatus. This was the tightest game of this I'd ever seen. Nobody really got burned too badly. Each suit ended up with a low meld of zero cards. Results: Mark 25, Susan 24, Ed 23, Robert 22
Trendy: Ed, Jon, Mark, Robert, Susan
Robert only had time for a short game, so out came Trendy. This game has been very popular with us lately. Everyone is clamoring for their own copy, but it is curiously scarce on this side of the pond. It's too bad, because this game would an ideal one for non-gamers, especially women. It's light, easy to teach and about fashion. Perfect! All you guys who complain that you can't get your wife/girlfriend to play games take note. T-r-e-n-d-y. We just need to get more retailers over here to carry it.
As always, the game went by in a blur. We play it very quickly. And as usual, just like in real life, I was not the fashion trendsetter. The very fashionable Robert strolled down the runway for the win.
Results: Robert 115, Ed 105, Susan 104, Mark 92, Jon 88
This was our first go at the new reworking of Löwenherz, just released by Mayfair. Now, I consider Löwenherz an excellent game, but I will admit the mean nature of the game can reduce me to tears. Well, not really, but it can be very deflating and frustratingat times. Domaine intoduces a number of changes that reduces but not totally eliminates this meanness. I'm not going to elaborate on them here, for that see our review of Domaine for a complete description, but I will say that I don't think the changes can quite be called a "dumbing down." Game play is still tight and tense, but simpler and different in some ways.
I really enjoyed this first playing of Domaine. Having the new card-play as a part of the game I could manage without much hassling and haggling from other players lowered my stress level to a more comfortable level. While I have a hunch some veteran Löwenherz players will want to stick with the old version, which I still consider a superb game, I had more fun playing Domaine. We'll see if my opinion holds with repeated playings.
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