Monthly Archives: January 2006

Game Day 01/14/2006

I haven’t been to Tim’s in a while and since his copy of Indonesia came in, I decided to bring it to him. I play with Tim’s new X-Box 360 for a little bit until Mary comes in. He was bringing some games that I really wanted to play (Ark and Jenseits von Theben). But he also had recently bought a new Prius. So I asked to see it. And on the way back in, I noticed that I had a flat on my truck! Fortunately, John was nice enough to stay outside and help me put on the spare (and figure out how to drop the spare from under the truck bed). When we went back in, I found out that Marty hosed us by starting a game of Ark which I really wanted to play. But there was some good luck to go with that bad luck. I was able to find out early and fix my tire before going downtown at dusk to photograph the UT tower.

Game #1

Category 5

John suggested we play this English version of 6 Nimmt as a filler until more people came in to play. There were only three people playing which made it seem easier for some reason. Not much hosage went on. I was able to escape with one point while John took a lot of them.

Game #2


A couple of people came in so John suggested Caylus and I accepted. Unfortunately, this was a learning game for two of the people. So this game took a long time to complete. And, as well, they were pretty slow players who liked to discuss likely outcomes of possible moves. I tend to not like people who take a long time and agonize over their moves.

Disc Golf 01/14/2006

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Another round of disc golf. Jon and myself started badly on the first hole by going down two points. And from then on we would bounce up and down as we tried to catch up. Which we finally did towards the end of the game. On the last hole we had tied it up to even

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I threw another 90 degree-offcourse throw again. Gahhhhhhhhhh! This one sailed over trees out into the great unknown. So we all walked around searching for the lost disc. And fortunately Jon found it!!

We did a little bit of exploring today and noticed a fenced in section that contained a small cave. And apparently, John likes to go spelunking…

Game Day 01/12/2006

Game #1


We started out the night with a game that John brought called Rook. He described it as a trick taking game, so we decided to play it. I later learned that he didn’t use the correct rules. However, the rules he explained were more interesting. On your turn, if you cannot follow the suit that was led, you must trump if possible. You also must over-trump if possible. Which would be a bad thing if your partner is currently taking the trick. This makes the bidding phase more interesting.

You bid the number of point that you think that your team will win. Whoever wins the bid gets five extra cards that they may swap out with into their hand (from 0 – 5 of them). Then the five cards (new or not) are left aside and whoever gets the last trick will also get these cards (which may have points in them).

Game #2

Don Pepe

We decided to play this light and quite mean spirited filler game. And it has been a while since we played it which is a shame. Its not that bad of a game as long as everyone is in the mood for singing “It’s your birthday!”.

Game #3


Another playing of Caylus for me and it still hasn’t lost its appeal for me. The only mistake that I made was in the second to the last round of the game. I had built 3 of a possible 4 castles for the majority. And I decided to keep the last one unbuilt in order to try and get the majority again (which is normally a good thing). However, Doug was able to build enough castles first to stop anyone else from building. In the end, we both tied for the win! Now that I think about it, if I would have built one more castle, I would have gotten two more victory points. Sigh.

Game #4

Geschenkt x 2

I happen to like this light push your luck (or avoidance) game. The only dillema is what cards are missing from the deck and how many rounds can you keep other people chipping to avoid a card that you want.

Game #5


Jon really wanted to play Tichu since he did not play during lunch this week. So his penality was to play with John. On the first hand, Jon wished for an ace that I didn’t have but John did (hehehe).

The scorecard for a game of Tichu

GT or T bet made or lost

This team scored more points than the other or one twoed

GT/T Team #1 GT/T GT/T Team #2 GT/T
MarkH & Marty Jon & JohnG
  400 GT+   0  
  400     200  
T+   220  
  620   T-
  T+ 280  

Lunch Time Tichuers 01/12/2006

Since Ed and I were not partners, I had hoped to change my luck. And at the beginning, we were dominating in points each hand. But somehow, in the last three hands, they came back and pipped us for the win!

The scorecard for a game of Tichu

GT or T bet made or lost

This team scored more points than the other or one twoed

GT/T Team #1 GT/T GT/T Team #2 GT/T
Ed & MikeA Dan & MarkH
T- -55    
  -5   T- 5  
  35   T+
T+ 165    
  190   T+
  215   T+
T+   780  
T+   795  


Indonesia package

I was really surprised last night to find this on my door step. It is my order of 3 copies of Indonesia from Splotter! The last time that I heard from an employee at Splotter on December 12th was that they were going to ship it out that week but hadn’t received my fax yet. I, of course, resent the fax and responded to the email asking for them to please notify me that they shipped it. Of course, I heard nothing from them. And over time I emailed them asking what was going on. With no response. Sigh.

Well, at least they seem to hose everyone equally. They still haven’t billed my credit card yet.

Lunch Time Tichuers 01/10/2006

Well, I made two mistakes today. The first was not correctly valuing my hand against Adam’s first Tichu call. I strongly suspected I could stopped him. And I should have called Tichu as well.

When Mike called Grand Tichu and Ed passed me the Mah Jong, I made the standard wish for an ace. However, Adam immediately bombed and led a single. Which forced me to play an ace. Ace wish rejected in your face!

My second mistake was amusing. It was the last hand and Ed picked up all of his cards. So I blindly called Grand Tichu. I picked up the Dragon, Phoenix, Mah Jong, an Ace, and other cards. So it was a pretty good hand. I passed Mike a 2. I didn’t wish for the 2, but instead wished for an ace hoping to improve my hand slightly. Towards the end, when I played a pair of aces, Mike bombed with 2s and then went out. I would have made it except for that bomb!

The scorecard for a game of Tichu

GT or T bet made or lost

This team scored more points than the other or one twoed

GT/T Team #1 GT/T GT/T Team #2 GT/T
Ed & MarkH AdamR & MikeA
  200   T-
    405 GT+
T+ 445     455  
  445     655  
  470   GT+
  270 GT-   1130  


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Disc Golf 01/07/2006

Cross golf

Another unseasonably warm and sunny day of dic golf for us. This time, we had a new player, Jeff. We went to the Lutherian Church again. I like this course. It is short, has no water, and not much trees to get in the way. This time, we played 3 rounds. But unfortunately, no one was interested in mixing up the teams.

Afterwards, we went to eat lunch. I went to Masala Wok and John and Jon went to Freebirds. I would certinaly eat at Masala again.


Ty game

I went to an African restaurant in Pflugerville today. It was quite dead with only one other customer during the time I was eating lunch. And the African food was a minor part of the menu. But it was interesting. It would have been better with more veggies. I am not a fan of a meal that consists of a lot of two foods (like chicken and rice). Variety is a good thing.

What was interesting was this thing that was setup on a table. A game perhaps? Mancala?