Wednesday, August 09, 2006
This week I finally broke down and bought Ticket to Ride (the original version). I resisted for a long time since I don’t really need another light game but when my husband announced he wanted to invite people from work over for a cook-out, I had visions of finding someone who showed an interest in all the funny-sounding games I have laying around. Luring someone to the dark side is a dream I have yet to fulfill and Ticket to Ride sounds like the perfect bait. Of course, the reality will probably be horseshoes, Guitar Hero on the PS2 and, if I’m really unlucky, a bunch of drunks gathered around for a rousing game of LCR. Send good thoughts my way, please.
My husband and I played a few games of Blokus Trigon this week but I don’t enjoy keeping track of two sets of pieces so we created our own Trigon Duo. Actually, we shrunk the board in 2 ways for 2 different kinds of play. First, I marked off the first two rows facing each player and one row from each of the four side edges. This makes an almost perfect size for 2 players. Second, I marked off only one row facing the two players and two rows off of each of the sides. This creates a very tight, almost impossible, sized board which we played as a two-player puzzle trying to fit as many pieces on the board as possible.
If you’re interested in card games that you can play on your computer against AIs, check out the Thanos card game site. The downloads are all free and the interface is pretty nice. This is a good way to try out many types of games from simple trick-taking games to point trick-taking games; from climbing games to rummy type games.
My most-played game for the first six months of this year is a war game—Command & Colors: Ancinets.
Until next time, if you can’t stand the heat, turn on the air conditioner and play a board game.