21-May-2002All month
 
6 Nimmt!

The second game of the night also took about an hour to play and is another game where luck is more useful than skillful play. 6 Nimmt is one of the favourites within the group for providing fun, and tonight was no exception.

Anne got off to a really bad start claiming 49 points in the first hand. The second hand proved a little better with her taking 16 to put her within a point of ending the game, Paul meanwhile pulled in more than his share of the points in this hand claiming 35 points. Hand 3 was one of the most unusual hands weve ever seen. After the first play 104 ended on of the rows, this was joined by 103 on the next round, 102 on the third and 101 on the fourth. So we now had the four rows capped by the four highest cards. And so the hand continued with in each round one row being replaced to be finally capped by another high card. The hand ended with Andy complaining that he could count that far while adding his total. Anne managed to avoid picking any cards up allowing the game to go into a fourth hand. Midway through this hand a chorus of Dont forget rule two went up as somebody tried to avoid picking a large total up by plaing his card in the wrong pile. Anne couldnt avoid taking any points this hand but Andy had another mare to finish in last place. Oggie had managed 4 good hands and claimed a convincing win.

Final Scores
Oggie 28, Boog 49, Tel 57, Steve 60, Paul 62, Anne 70, Andy 83

Ratings / 10
Oggie 8, Boog 9, Tel 7, Steve 7, Paul 7, Anne 8, Andy 7
 
Scores: Andy 83, Anne 70, Paul 62, Steve 60, Tel 57, Boog 49, Oggie 28
Ratings: Andy 7, Anne 8, Paul 7, Steve 7, Tel 7, Boog 9, Oggie 8
Winner(s): Oggie

Autoscooter

First outing for autoscooter. The big attraction of this game is that it plays with up to 8 players with no downtime. Tonight we had 7. Each player starts with 10 VPs, these are won and lost due to collisions that occur as the players drive their bumper cars around the playing area. At the start of each of the 11 turns each player secretly selects a move from the 15 available. Each player also selects a number, the lowest number moves first. If there is a collision then VPs are exchanged depending on the speed of the 2 cars. Also if a car is hit from the side it rotates 60 degrees. So on its pre-programmed move it will be heading in the wrong direction.

On Turn one Steve set himself up for a hit on Tel for the following turn, unfortunately for him Anne hit him before he moved rotating him so that he moved straight into the path of Tel. For the next 3 turns the three cars remained locked together with neither Tel or Steve moving, but Tel ramming Steve each turn. Meanwhile everyone else was congregating in the opposite corner of the board. At one point 3 of the 4 cars in the corner were all motionless after a couple of head-on collisions. Oggie made a break for it and did a lap of the board. Halfway through the game and the dealock in one corner was broken as Tel, Steve, Anne and Oggie all had clear boards to play with however Paul, Andy and Boog were all still locked in the corner. To confuse matters more Oggie and Tel then steamed in as well. Anne steered out of trouble and stayed that way for the rest of the game. The game ended with everyone else involved in the gridlock in the corner. Neither Paul nor Boog had moved too far at all by the end of the game

There is a large does of luck involved in this game, so the pure stategist is unlikely to enjoy it that much, however it did provide a very entertaining hour of play. I dont think the game is worth the large price tag but will be quite happy to play it again.

Final Scores
Tel 18, Oggie 14, Andy 13, Anne 7, Boog 7, Steve 5, Paul 0

Ratings / 10
Tel 8, Oggie 6, Andy 8, Anne 7, Boog 8, Steve 7, Paul 7
 
Scores: Tel 18, Oggie 14, Andy 13, Anne 7, Boog 7, Steve 5, Paul 0
Ratings: Tel 8, Oggie 6, Andy 8, Anne 7, Boog 8, Steve 7, Paul 7
Winner(s): Tel

Lost Cities

Scores: Paul 137, Tel 58
Ratings: Paul 8, Tel 7
Winner(s): Paul

Lost Cities

Scores: Tel 108, Paul 84
Ratings: Tel 7, Paul 7
Winner(s): Tel

Lost Cities

Scores: Paul 93, Tel 20
Ratings: Paul 7, Tel 6
Winner(s): Paul