Given that CanGames 2016 is going to be starting a week today, the Friday nighters agreed that we wouldn't do any roleplaying gaming this week, and that we'd take on some board game enjoyment instead. So that's just what we did.
After the players had all arrived by 7:15 pm, we sat down and chatted about the week that was and caught up a bit on various stuff pertaining to Real Life (tm). Then we got on to the gaming stuff for the night.
We started off for the night playing a game of Ticket to Ride: Europe that, to be honest, was a bit more competitive than I expected it to be. I had some decent train routes for the game, but could only manage to complete three of my six routes in the end, though I did wind up with a respectable score. There was some major blockage in the area of Bruxelles and a couple of other places, and that hindered things immensely for me. The final scores for the game were: Mark 165, Angela 121, David 101, JohnK 96, Kathy/Ellie 90. It was relatively fun, like I said, and the best part of the game for me was watching Kathy and Ellie debating their strategy and all.
After that game, we switched over to a game of Pandemic, which I haven't played for some time. Admittedly, I've been turned off the game for a while as I'd played it too often with the Sunday gamers, but it was nice to get back to the game after some time away from it. I ended up playing the Medic, which I haven't done for a while, and it was quite enjoyable to do so though the Blue disease gave us fits over the course of the game as it kept spreading like wildfire despite our best efforts to stop it. That said, we prevailed in the end, and won the game with 2 cards in the deck left. Talk about a close call and game.
Finally, we wrapped up the evening playing the card game of Poo: The Card Game, which my goddaughter enjoyed thoroughly. Poo! is a card game that I don't get to play all that often, but when all was said and done on this night, I got knocked out of the game about two-thirds of the way through, and the novice at the game, Mark, came up the winner overall.
In any event, a fun night of board gaming with the Friday night gaming group, and a good time had by all. Next week, being CanGames, I won't be gaming with the Friday night group, but we'll be going back to the Primeval RPG the week after CanGames, assuming that I'm up to gaming that weekend.