Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Name and Number Contest




I'm not sure where this idea came from but I hope we can have a little fun with it. This contest offers the chance for 30 GG, 15 for each half of the contest. The jar in the pictures contain pieces from 20 different games, some have just one piece represented, others have several pieces. Your mission, should you decide to take it, is:

1) to name as many of the games represented as you can. This answer should be emailed to me at: sodakladygamer@yahoo.com.

2) to guess how many pieces are in the jar (which is about 1 1/2 cups in size). This answer can be posted right here on the blog.





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Games

Call me crazy if you'd like, but my husband and I really enjoy Fjords but I wondered what would happen if there were more tiles so you play only one round rather than 3. To this end, I bought a second copy and, after marking the tiles so they could be separated out again, we gave this a try. We used 6 farmhouses and all of the field markers.

The game started quite normally but after I'd placed 4 houses, there were still half the tiles to play which meant I would have to very selective with the last 2. I was worried that we would be forced to create an island before we'd gone through most of the tiles since there are many more water tiles, but that didn't happen. In fact, we ended the game with EVERY tile placed! The final result was very close with Richard beating me by 4 points.

We liked this variation which seems to force you to think more carefully about when and where you place your farmhouses and makes the placing of the field markers less obvious since there are several places which demand immediate attention. I'm considering using only 5 farmhouses as a way to make it even tougher.

We only played once but I can see this as a nice change from the normal play. I would also like to try playing with 3 players just to see if that would work. Unfortunately, that means begging or threatening to get my daughter to play with us! I think 3-player would offer a totally different strategy when placing farmhouses since there are 2 interlopers you have to fend off.
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Until next time, Clubs are trump.

Mary

27 comments:

Bert said...

I'll say 102.

gamesnight said...

I'll guess 121

Ian Mackey said...

How about 92 ?

SiddGames said...

95

amazingintern said...

I'll guess 86

jeph stahl said...

Gimme 58

Jared (Hang Man) Hageman said...

Hmmm...I will go with 115. Final Answer

Sean McCarthy said...

129

Chad Krizan said...

Dang, I was gonna guess 121, but I guess I'll go with 118.

Phoeniix said...

I like Fjords too! In fact I just had a game of it yesterday. Wish it could be played with more than 2 tho'.

Anyway my guess would be 107.

Jeremy W. said...

I'll guess 111.

GROGnads said...

AND...just 'what' GAME are those BITs from?...me thinks ye dost NOT ''read the fine print''!

Mutombo said...

lets go with 123.

-johnny- said...

I'll go for 99.

Jon said...

I'll guess 133.

Mark Tyler said...

I say 137.

Chris said...

75

I can't even begin to figure out which games are all represented.

Clay said...

I can only identify about 4 of them, so I'll skip that part, but I will guess 88.

ekted said...

140

Michael Buccheri said...

I guess 81

-Malloc

Morgan Dontanville said...

I'm guessing 104.

gamesgrandpa said...

I'll say 136

Nice job, Mary.

GrillTech said...

I'll guess 155. To be honest I don't think I recognize any of the peices from games. Just call me Mr Unobservant (maybe that explains my win/loss ratio). Looks like a contest is the way to generate replies to a blog post.

josh miller said...

97 is my guess

cyberkev63-on-the-Geek said...

I'll say 122 pieces.

Mark Haberman said...

I'll say 108.

stray_flux said...

I'd say 167 pieces.

And I think I could get about 1/2 the games in the jar with out searching.

But that just means I need to play more games :)

Mike
"Live to Boardgame"