Tuesday, 2 March 2010

We are still here.

If a stranger wanders in off the street and mentions that your blog hasn't been updated for a while, then it's probably a sign that the blog needs a bit of updating.* So here we are 75 days since the last update. Let me fill you in with what's been going on with the Norwich Board Gamers...

O.K so I wrote the entry before seeing Luke's latest entry. Damn him!

Slight recap, not including last week. We had Christmas and New Year and then met back in a rather empty Ribs of Beef, which suffered from the post Christmas lull throughout January. Rich Harding made a welcome return. Rachael and Adam chose to break their legs rather than venture into Norwich in the dark (does Chris give them extra x-rays for free?). Most of the other faces you'd expect to see have shown up at some point as well.

We've played Carson City, Tobago, Puerto Rico, Endeavour, Glory to Rome, Small World, Lost Valley, King of Siam, Turn the Tide, Citadels, The Adventurers, Power Grid, Last Train to Wensleydale, Primordial Soup and Chaos in the Old World (which got to the table three weeks in a row and is still being requested).

There has been a pork scratching crisis and we suffered a number of scratching free weeks before a new supplier of the pigulous snacks was found. Neither of the alternative brands have lived up to the high standard set by Blackcountry Snacks' Q Pork Crackling and poor Luke has resorted to keeping a salt shaker in his pocket in order to add extra salt to his pork snacks. This mostly brings you up to date.

Tonight we had seven. Rich Harding led a game of Evo which was played by Tash and Ben. I got the impression that Tash loved it and Ben hated it. I can only assume that Ben lost. On my table we played a game of In the Year of the Dragon. It was a close run thing with Luke coming from nowhere to grab victory in the final count up. He just pipped me, Pete came third and Jimmy trailed in last. We used another one of the Rio Grande expansions which Crocker mentioned last week. This one added the Great Wall of China to the game, which scores extra points if successfully built by the time the Mongols invade. It added an extra option and a bit of variation, but I'd hardly say it was essential.

Beer: I had some Ruby Ale, which was completely average. Luke can probably tell us which brewery it's from. I'd compare it to Amyitis - so completely average that I'll have forgotten it existed by tomorrow.

* That stranger was Andy. Not War-Lovin' Andy, but some new-comer, hoping to wrestle the mantle of "Andy" off of one of the stalwart few. He even had a beard. Welcome Andy - hope we see you next week.

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