Date: May 22, 2003
Games: Hick Hack in Gackelwack, "Paris, Paris", Goldland, Trendy
Attendees: Ed, Helen, Jon, Mark, Marty, Rick, Robert, Susan
Reporter: Susan RozmiarekHick Hack in Gackelwack: Ed, Jon, Mark, Marty, Robert, Susan I must admit, I have been pretty ho-hum about this game. The best thing about it is the cute animal art by Doris Matthaus. There are other simultaneous action games that I find more interesting. This time around, I found it to be more interesting and more fun than usual, although I don't think it will ever be one of my favorites. I had unfortunate luck with the card draw, and only drew one fox the entire game. Those crafty foxes seem to be the key to winning. I did win several tiles uncontested during the game, but it was just chicken feed compared to everyone else. At least I pipped Robert! Scores: Ed 42, Mark 38, Jon 35, Marty 28, Susan 19, Robert 18
I had played this once a long time ago and had since been wondering what the fuss was about. At the time it seemed rather fiddly and unexciting, although since it was with only two players, I was trying to keep an open mind. It turns out we had gotten at least one major rule, maybe more, wrong. So in reality, I hadn't ever played the real game. My opinion took a drastic swing upwards on this second playing.
I struck out to a far opposite corner from everyone else to begin my exploring. A boneheaded tile placement by me coupled with a few savvy tile placements by others left me isolated on that region of the board. I considered taking the long and inefficient path back to join the others, who were locked in a race to get to the temple to claim its riches. I decided it was hopeless and I would just set out exploring by myself and perhaps get to the temple my own way, although it seemed unlikely. I really thought I had no hope of doing well. However, alone by myself, I was able to get majorities in a couple of the more valuable adventures and also pick up a few treasures. While it was difficult for me to reach the others, who by this time were plundering the temple, the reverse was true for them. They could not get to the adventure tiles I had uncovered. Much to my surprise, I found myself in second place at the end.
Wow. What a difference more players and the correct rules make. While not nearly as elegant as other exploration games like Tikal or Entdecker, I found Goldland to be much more fun. I was totally immersed in the exploration theme while playing and the time just flew by.
Scores: Helen 20, Susan 18, Ed 16, Robert 15
Trendy: Ed, Helen, Robert, Susan
What's left to say about Trendy? It's fast. It's fun. It's a great closer for the evening. Tonight I was the trendsetter, followed by Ed, Robert and finally Helen.
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