16-Apr-2002All month

6 players for the first time in a long time. We decided on Vabanque as it plays with 6 and only takes about 40 mins to play. There are 12 casino tables which become more lucrative as the game goes on. Each player has 3 cards, a bluff card that does nothing, a doubling card that increase the value of the table and a cheat card taht will steal another players winnings. Each of the four rounds play the same way. Firstly players distribute the chips for this round between the 12 tables, then they distribute their cards face down between the tables, finally they move their playing piece and the tables are scored. Each player at a table wins the value at that table. If there are any doubling cards then the table value is multiplied by 1+number of cards . However if there is a cheat at the table then the cheat gets the money for each of its opponents at the table.

After the first round everyone had managed to win either 20 or 40 except Boog who didnt win anything. In the second round Andy got a huge win for both his player and cheat card amassing 320 points, Tel got 90, Steve 30 with Boog, Oggie and Kev failing to score. Into the third round and some of the tables were getting very inviting and attracting many cards. For the third round running Boog failed to win anything this time joined by Tel. Going into the final round Boog was 425 points behind the leader Andy, but he is starting to gain a reputation for a dramatic last round big score, and he didnt fail tonight. Despite winning 260 on the last round Andy slipped from 1st to 3rd, Boog managed an impressive 750 but had to settle for second as Oggie claimed victory taking 600 from the last round. Kev and Steve failed to trouble the banker in the last round.

Somebody remarked half way through the game that the game appeared to just involve putting chips and cards randomnly on the board, and seeing what happens. Whilst this is one approach, there is certainly scope for plenty of bluffing and the opportunity to attempt to lure someone to your cheats. A clever game that is very entertaining.

Final Scores
Oggie 840, Boog 750, Andy 685, Tel 630, Kev 200, Steve 150.

Ratings / 10
Oggie 7, Boog 8, Andy 8, Tel 8, Kev 8, Steve 7
Scores: Oggie 840, Boog 750, Andy 685, Tel 630, Kev 200, Steve 150
Ratings: Oggie 7, Boog 8, Andy 8, Tel 8, Kev 8, Steve 7
Winner(s): Oggie