This past weekend, after we finally got Samantha to bed, Gwen and I decided to break in the new game room with its first real gaming action. Earlier in the week, our builder gave us the go-ahead to move into it. And while I had spent some time up there reorganizing my BattleLore collection a few days before, this was the first time that an actual game would be played in the room.
Since we haven’t picked up any new furniture for it yet nor moved in any of our existing stuff, it was pretty bare-bones. Just a card table with two mismatched chairs, a pile of games, and the two of us. On the way up, I grabbed Mr. Jack, Dominion, A Castle for all Seasons (which Gwen has never played), and Settlers of Catan. But the only one that Gwen was interested in at the time was Settlers, so we set up for our favorite 2-player variant.
To put it simply, I dominated the game. Gwen didn’t make the best initial placements, and then I had the better of the dice-related luck throughout the game, so I ended up winning 10-5 or something like that. She didn’t have much fun, and she made the comment that Settlers had lost most of its attraction. After seeing more of the games that have come out in the last few years, she thinks that Settlers just doesn’t measure up anymore. In general, I agree with her, so I doubt that it will see much play from us any time in the near future.
Still not interested in any of the other games I had pulled out, I dutifully went back downstairs and grabbed Ticket to Ride. We then proceeded to play it a couple of times, with Gwen destroying me in the first game, and then me pulling out a narrow victory in the second. It’s a little strange how TtR doesn’t ever seem to get old for us. I mean, it’s a really good game, but it’s not exactly the deepest game we play. But between the randomness of the destination tickets and the elegance of the game itself, it just works for us every time.
So anyway, while we didn’t break any new ground in what we played this weekend, it was probably most fitting that our first experience with the new game room was with the games that got us as a couple into the modern boardgaming hobby. Hopefully, it will the first of many (many, many) game sessions up there!
So who won this game? (I was black and Gwen was red.)
Actually, this is the game where she nearly lapped me! (223-132)