The Yak: Tapas, Cocktails and Slaves!

31 Oct

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.

See the basket hover! (front game)

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
  • Sorry!
  • Cloud 9
  • Are You The Traitor
  • Masters & Slaves
  • Up & Down The River


Perpetual Commotion

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!

Cloud 9

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!!!


Cloud 9: A suprise result


A classic boardgame: Sorry!


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”. card_heartIntriguingly 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!!

Next Events: Sat 14th Nov, Thurs 26th Nov. Check the calendar.


10 Responses to “The Yak: Tapas, Cocktails and Slaves!”

  1. Ilze Hancox November 1, 2009 at 12:06 pm #

    Excellent write-up to describe a very enjoyable evening. I cannot wait for the next one, and then I am staying there until the very end. The company was also great, what a nice bunch of people. – Ilze

    • Christopher November 2, 2009 at 12:42 am #

      Hey Ilze, were you in the “Sorry” game? How did that go? I’ve never played it. Fun?

  2. jennifer November 1, 2009 at 3:47 pm #

    it was brilliant meeting everyone!!! enjoyed all the games….in particular ‘masters and slaves’……………that game definitely brings out the ‘killer’ instinct ………if you’re that sort! 😀

    • Christopher November 1, 2009 at 8:21 pm #

      Haha, and you’re not? Trampling over the bodies of your former masters?!!

  3. Kirsty November 2, 2009 at 12:15 pm #

    I was in the “Sorry” game and it was good fun. Some of the choices made in the game were interesting…do i play my move to give me the best chance of winning or do i play my turn to take revenge? Either way, no one was ever really ‘sorry’…especially when we put Stuart’s marker back to the start.

    I think Kirsten won the game but everyone had fun playing anyway.

    • Christopher November 3, 2009 at 1:53 pm #

      hahha “I’m not really sorry!!”
      Poor Stuart! I guess he was beggin’ for it.

  4. Kirsten November 5, 2009 at 5:41 pm #

    Kirsty seemed to take particular pleasure in saying ‘Sorry!’ to Stuart but he took it very well. Stuart discovered there was some rules especially for adults where each player had 5 cards to choose from which I think will add a devilish element to the game next time we play.

    It was a very fun evening and I loved how a complete stranger there for dinner with friends came up to join us all as we sounded like we were having so much fun :-).

    Looking forward to the next Thursday night games.

    • Christopher November 9, 2009 at 9:09 am #

      Haha, sounds like Kirsty and Stuart used the game as an excuse to swap insults!

      Oh, so that’s what the “adults” game was about … I got a little worried when it sounded like Stuart found an “adults only” version. “Strip Sorry” perhaps! 😛

  5. johnhornberger November 10, 2009 at 3:08 pm #

    Hi all,

    I just wanted to say it’s refreshing to see a group like yours having such a great time over board games, and the variety of the board games is impressive!

    I saw ‘Sorry!’ listed and couldn’t believe it was referring to the game itself, but you actually played it and had fun?! I played it two days ago with my kids (5 and 8 yrs), and it was a childhood favorite of my own. I never even thought of breaking it out for adults…


    • Christopher November 10, 2009 at 4:31 pm #

      Hiya Johnny!
      Reminds me I’d better reply to your jibe about me getting the rules of games wrong! 😉

      Re: Sorry! – Recently I purchased “Trouble” – the classic colourful 70s-80s game with the “Pop-o-matic” in the middle. It’s basic, but as long as people enjoy themselves! Maybe it won’t take their whole brain to play, but with the rest they can socialise, flirt … or even get blotto …

      I’m looking forward to reading your new review of “Poison” – I bought that recently – looks pretty!

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