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09 January 2005 @ 04:27 pm
I suck at games  
Played Puerto Rico with my folks last night. There's nothing quite as frustrating as playing a game with people who keep complaining that they're just flailing and can't remember the rules...and losing to them. Especially when you're the one who taught them how to play. I got completely frozen out of every single Captain phase, managing not get a single victory point chit by the end of the game (I filled up my building spaces though, and had two large bonus buildings, so I didn't have a score of zero—I'm not sure that's even possible without deliberately passing during every Builder phase). I ended up tying for last place with my dad, coming in second if you used the money-and-goods tiebreaker, but my mom skunked us—second time she's played, second time she's won. At least I can take a sort of perverse pride in my PR losing streak: unbroken since the first time I played!

Afterwards, I spent the evening playing Soul Calibur 2 using Astaroth. Had to continue about 13 times (I'm not exaggerating), and ended up quitting and turning off the machine before I put my foot through the TV. At least in this case part of the blame can be laid on the fact that Astaroth is a fairly new character for  me. But still.
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Twisted, but strangely fluffy: ninjamoltare on January 10th, 2005 01:12 am (UTC)
Also that Astaroth takes it up the metaphorical videogaming arse for metaphorical videogaming airmiles, as far as characters go?

gwallagwalla on January 10th, 2005 04:46 pm (UTC)
And yet one of my friends can consistently beat me with him, using only a couple of moves. Said friend rarely plays the game.
Fade M.: explainfadethecat on January 10th, 2005 01:19 am (UTC)
My parents, when playing Munchkin, can't remember how large their hand size can be, which cards are races and which are classes, how many items they can wear at a time... and still routinely kick my butt. It's embarassing, yeah.
Hogan: Chioaxelphogan on January 10th, 2005 10:54 am (UTC)
First time I tried playing it I actually won. This was despite the fact that in my last battle I had only two more levels than needed to defeat the monster, and two other experienced players had cards on their hands that would add levels to my opponent!

However, neither of them wanted to put down their card, allowing the critter to defeat me, cause this would hand the victory to the other player...
Alun Clewealun_clewe on January 10th, 2005 07:14 pm (UTC)
I won my first (and so far only) time playing Munchkin (Space Munchkin, specifically) as well...my opponents both put tons of cards on the last monster I faced to ridiculously inflate its level...but I had been saving a card that allowed me to blow up any one monster and automatically defeat it (or something like that; it's been a while and I don't remember exactly what the card). It meant I was missing out on tons of treasure cards the monster would otherwise have been worth...but since defeating this monster meant winning the game, that wasn't really an issue.
Hogan: Axelordlphogan on January 10th, 2005 11:24 pm (UTC)
I love that game! :)
gwallagwalla on January 10th, 2005 04:46 pm (UTC)
I wouldn't feel too bad about that. It's not like Munchkin is a game of skill.
russgoulo on January 10th, 2005 03:37 am (UTC)
"...managing not get a single victory point chit by the end of the game..."

Most impressive. Not sure I've ever seen that happen before. My condolences. :)
Justin Grahamstr1 on January 10th, 2005 05:26 am (UTC)
I know how you feel. This past Christmas, I taught my parents how to play Risk as I played a game with them and my brother. I was the first one out, and I absolutely had my ass handed to me. That was just frustrating.
Vorn the Unspeakableunspeakablevorn on January 10th, 2005 06:17 am (UTC)
I keep intending to hunt down a group to play Puerto Rico with, but then it occured to me that I'd actually have to buy the game...

gwalla: kid vidgwalla on January 10th, 2005 04:50 pm (UTC)
No ya don't. ;) One word: Brettspielwelt.
Hogan: Chioaxelphogan on January 10th, 2005 11:01 am (UTC)
When I was young I brought my favorite board game with me for my stay grandparents with the hope of getting to play it with them...

Off course my grandmother took the rules in order to read them beforehand, but then she returned and asked me why you should roll three dice when you moved your pieces, but only two dices when you rolled for hazards...!?

I could only point out that so it was written in the rules, but that didn't satisfy her... we never got to play that game :/
gwallagwalla on January 10th, 2005 06:51 pm (UTC)
What game was it, BTW?
Hogan: Wizardlphogan on January 12th, 2005 11:41 pm (UTC)
I think the game is of a strictly Danish making... I guess the English name would be something like Fullrigger...
Buy ships, load with goods of many different kind, sail them to the far corners of the worlds, following the old trade-routes and return with exotic spiced, silks etc...
Along the way you must avoid pirates, plagues etc., as well as the other players gone privateers.

Not that much of diversity in the gameplay, but I really liked it as a kid and still does. I got a certain appeal.