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Dan, Heidi, mini Truter, Heaher, Reegs, Ang

Dan, Heidi, mini Truter, Heather, Reegs, Ang

In the days before tbV and Settlers of Catan, we had to find other ways to amuse ourselves, and most of those happened at a place called Highbury. Continue reading

my family and friends have always played a lot of games [except for my dad, he hates games with a passion, his favourite is sitting in the lounge reading his newspaper while the rest of the family plays trivial pursuit and shouting out all the answers, but that’s about the closest he gets]

but my mom and my sisters love games, and the large majority of friends in my and now our friend ship circles are games players to a certain extent – it is a great way to relax and vibe and hopefully chill together around a table with a bunch of mates…

growing up there was monopoly [only to be pulled out at sleepovers really cos tended to be an all nighter] and risk [which i played a crazy amount – we adapted a two player game and my friend ferdi and i played best of ten matches with one or two games almost daily at one point] and cluedo [‘clue’ to the americanese] and scrabble which were all good and fine and well and all…

but then we discovered Rage which is a special card deck game for up to ten players where you bid on how many tricks you are going to get and then try and get them… and life changed forever [especially at our church student house called ‘Highbury’ where we would play through the night on occasion, because after all, what is the difference between 1.15am and 1.45am?]

and then a good mate of mine introduced me to Settlers of Catan [or more accurately, the german version, called ‘Die Siedler von Catan’] and i had to trust his translations of all the german cards and wonder why he kept beating me, but then later we discovered the english version and it became a firm favourite.

what made it better was the expansion pack known as ‘cities and knights’ which added a whole lot of new dimensions to an already great game and the record for playing that stands at something crazy like seven and a half hours [largely due to one of the players – you know who you are deane – playing reeeeeeally slowly] and once we’d played that we rarely went back [except to introduce someone new to ‘settlers’]

after that came ‘carcassonne’ which i call ‘kucky sahn’ and which my friend coe [who hates it] calls ‘shaka khan’ which was a settlerish type game [in that the game board is not constant but created differently each game which is a huge part of the attraction] but one that took 45 minutes to an hour as opposed to 2 to 3 hours…

all that to say there are a LOT of games out there and a bunch of them are REALLY a lot of good fun – we have discovered a small bunch more and i will give some reviews of the newer ones we play so that if any of you are looking for a new game to try, you might find something here… and i would love to hear what your favourite games to play with a group of friends are…

the latest we have been playing, or are just about to, include Seven Wonders, Jambo, Flash Point [played for the first time last night] and Forbidden Island [yet to play, still in packaging] – reviews to follow…

for The Settlers of Catan click here

well, this one is card game, but ‘determinedly cardful’ just didn’t work…

sounds more hectic than it is, but, to those who have been fortunate enuff to play it, the lesser known cousin to Uno (created by the makers of) is a more higher-grade and better game

i have no idea why it never took off like Uno but we were fortunate to discover this when i was still a kid and some friends introduced it to us and then gave us a pack – it would only be many years later when we would scour the internet for more packs, find most of them in Germany (the game has passed between different distributing companies a number of times) and import a bunch and spread them out between our friends.

you can actually get the full scoop of Rage in the wiki here [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rage_%28card_game%29] but in a nutshell it is a bidding game, much like bridge, where you are dealt ten cards and need to guess/decide/ascertain how many tricks (a round of everyone playing one card) you are likely to win. You then play out the ten rounds and score points for bidding correctly while losing points for getting more or less than what you bid.

the game is brought to life by 5 different special action cards which add bonuses or change the colour of the trump (called the Rage) or can act as a Joker and these really spice things up.

you start with ten cards each and play them out. then nine cards each. and eight… and so on until the last round you have one card and have to bid on that.

the coolness of Rage is that it doesn’t matter what cards you get – good or bad – what matters is how you bid on them and then play them – part strategy, part luck, part special action cards, a game of Rage takes between 45min to an hour and a quarter and is a lot of quick fun

back in my student days there was a student house called Highbury in Rondebosch that i used to frequent and we used to play Rage thru the nite on many occasions which elicited the brett/dan sneaky “what’s the difference between 2am and 3am?” as we would engineer one more game…

definitely worth hunting down on the internet and scoring yourself a few packs, quick easy’ish game to teach and hours of fun…

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