January, 18, 2011

Participants: Jon, Emily, Eitan

Game on Tuesday night since everyone is busy on Wed. Everyone except the participants were busy tonight, too. Emily and Eitan hadn’t come in a while, so I was able to try some games with them that I had already tried with others, to see how they go.

Tobago

Jon 57, Eitan 38, Emily 30

First play for both of them. They picked it up quickly enough. Certain implications of play were not entirely obvious to them until I did them, however, which is why I did as well as I did.

It’s a fun little game.

Gosu

Emily+, Eitan, Jon

Gili and Nadine didn’t go for this, but I thought Emily and Eitan might; I was right. While they acknowledged that it had some problems, they both liked it.

The biggest problems are still the physical implementation: you can’t read anything on the board without peering at it closely, and you have to read every card on the table and in your hand (and sometimes every card in the discard pile) over and over. You can’t even read the card names at a distance, so even when you become familiar with a card by its name, it’s not much help.

Another problem is the interminably long time you may have to wait after you pass before the next round starts.

Otherwise, it’s a game of fighting against the rules and limitations imposed by the game itself, moreso than your opponents. This may float some boats, but I don’t think it’s going to work well in my group.

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