Since I'm still not quite ready yet to run the Polaris RPG, the Friday nighters are continuing to play board games until I'm ready to run the sf underwater roleplaying game.
So last night, once more, the Friday night players descended on my place around 7:00 pm for an evening of board gaming. As usual, we chatted for about 5-10 minutes about how the ups and downs of life the past week, and then got down to board gaming. The gamers voted to play some Pandemic. The basic game. Until we actually managed to win the game at least twice. Hmm...
Suffice to say, it didn't work out that well for us as a group. I sat out the first game of the evening, and watched in horror as the group got nailed on the 5th Turn of play with major outbreaks in four different cities. Just bad planning and decision-making on the part of my fellow players. The second game I did play in, taking on the role of the Scientist. While we managed to contain both the Red and Yellow plagues, we got decimated when the Black plague started to spread from Moscow into St. Petersburg and into Istanbul. And then we got hit with another major outbreak in Atlanta. Ah well, a good 8 Turns.
The third game, I took on the role of the Dispatcher, and while I thought I did a good job, we just couldn't stop the Red plague in Shanghai, and then it spread to Tokyo and across to San Francisco. Major outbreak on two fronts. *sigh* Tghe fourth game was a bit better. I played the Scientist again, and we managed to stop three of the plagues, including the Red, Blue, and Yellow plagues, but ran out of cards in the deck before we could stop the Black plague. In the fifth game, I took a seat to watch, and in the 3rd Turn, a major outbreak of Black plague in Baghdad led to a decisive end to that game, with the players having a great time, but disappointed they couldn't win that game.
To finish off the evening, the rest of the players decided to play a game of Ticket to Ride: Europe, and that was fine by me. With the five players taking on the game, this one proved to be a train-snarled lovely game that had relatively low scores due to incomplete destinations, but was a fun game overall to wrap up the evening.
A good night of board gaming that was full of camaraderie and just good old-fashioned gaming and socialising around the table with friends.