Ahh great to unwind after work with a few cocktails and some raucous boardgames with friends!
The Yak Bar was offering a delicious cocktail special called the Pink Lady, containing a variety of ingredients including cointreau, lemon juice and grapefruit juice. Mmmm delightfully tart and with $5 from each one getting put into a jar for Breast Cancer Research. (Hence the pink). Mmmm “Alcoholic Charity” … we had to have a few of those! And the tapas … I can never go past the incredible haloumi dish they serve … oooh … like bruschetta with a tasty topping of tomato, onion & olive, but on a base of lightly-fried haloumi cheese.
And on to games! It seems our enthusiasm must have been infective – a lady having dinner with friends on another table thought it looked exciting and decided to come over and join us! Down for the Races, she hoped that she’d be able to find a similar club when she returned home to Brisbane!
To my memory, these were the boardgames that were played:
- Perpetual Commotion
- Cloud 9
- Are You The Traitor
- Masters & Slaves
- Up & Down The River
This seems to be a perfect icebreaker – no time to worry about being shy when everyone’s simulatenously trying to beat others slapping cards down onto piles in the middle of the table!
One of the most dramatic games of Cloud 9 we’ve had. In this “gambling” game, nervous punters wagered on the balloon ride not crashing before they could lock in points. Glendon-The-Brave, was seen to be very pleased with his lead, counting out just how many points he’d require to win, and parachuting out to an apparent victory. The two desperate “last place” players remaining in the rickety balloon basket courageously decided to see how far they could take it. Glendon’s jubilation turned to shock as a series of lucky rolls took the basket all the way to Cloud #9 and its passengers to ultimate victory!!!
I wasn’t in the Sorry game so, I can’t say much about how it went. I presume every time you do something nasty to other players, you have to say “Sorry”. They were certainly saying it a lot! (If you were in the game, why not leave a comment below?)
Are You The Traitor?
Played this the other day with 6 players the other day, and it was excellent. With 10 players, the rules are a bit different. Some might say too complex … but it’s inherently simple …
A psychological game like Werewolf, the theme feels like a ripoff of “Lord of The Rings” – a group of adventurers are carrying a powerful ring across the country to be destroyed, when two wizards appear and each demands the ring. You know one is Good, and one is Evil, but who should you give the ring to? Don’t give-away who’s carrying the ring, or the Evil Wizard will just take it. And which one of you wants to betray the team to the Evil Wizard? Playing with 3 Wizards and 2 Traitors is excessive though.
Masters & Slaves
A classic card-game, with the charm of enforcing a class system of Masters and Slaves, to which everyone played up to with great gusto. Undeserved privileges are given to the Masters, and unfair penalties to the Slaves. First time Lowest Slave (aka Sloppy) Jennifer, was incredulous at her misfortune and the condescending orders being passed down from her Master. “Shuffle the cards for me!” “I’m tired! Hold my cards for me!”.
But this arrogance only fuelled desire for revenge, driving Jennifer to claw her way up the top, and to cast her former Masters into the muck!!
Up & Down The River (aka “Oh Hell”)
A classic trick-based game in the same family as Whist, Bridge, Hearts, Solo, and Australia’s National Card Game “Five-Hundred”. Intriguingly some of our newest players found they had a real aptitude for it as they had played other similar games. (Including one called “Estimation” ?) It’s an intriguing game as you can never be sure what cards are in play. You’ll also find yourself struggling to win rounds, but later, on a winning streak, desperate to lose rounds!
…Intriguingly, Islam mentionned an intriguing card game played in Egypt. It didn’t have a name. I’m not really an expert, so I hadn’t heard of it before – you remove three kings from a deck, and deal to players who discard pairs until one is left with the king … after much research (googling) I’ve discovered the game to be “Abu Foul”, a variant of the classic parlour game “Old Maid”.
Heh, it was indeed quite late when we made our departure from the nuturing embrace of the Yak Bar. We’ll be back!!
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