I arrived a little late, and found myself dealt into a game of 6nimmt. The other players (Joe, Adam, Martin and Matt) gave me a score that was the average of the then current scores. Thanks to an excellent round by Joe, the average actually put me in second place! It was to be my best position in a difficult game.
One round ended with Matt one point away from the magic 66 points that triggers the end of the game. But time was moving on, and we were keen to begin our five-player feast of the evening. Despite Martin’s eagerness for one more round, we agreed to end it there, giving Joe first place.
After this we stared at Joe’s wall of games, and decided on Colosseum as our Russian Railroads substitute. I was overjoyed. This is one of those games which can’t help but be funny and I love it. The whole fabulous atmos of putting on a show is just totes adorbs!
Matt and Martin were new to it, and we tried playing the auction with the official rules: with only one player at a time allowed to trade. It was okay, but I missed the chaos and the confusion of our all-at-once method.
Since no one else was going for boats, I decided to focus on shows that used them. Joe pointed out that the title of one of the plays, Mare Speilbergus, is clearly a reference to the film Jaws. This gave rise to some “You’re going to need a bigger boat” quips when my fleet didn’t quite match the required amount.
But the final score was desperately close. Only one point separated third and first!
Matt 87 (wins on money tie-breaker)
Perhaps the most remarkable thing about the game was Adam’s last roll. There was a cluster of dignitaries near his theatre but, as Martin commented, he needed two sixes to get the two big-scoring meeples into his theatre.
Just as those words left his mouth, Adam rolled the dice, and in the kind of twists of fate that can make you think you’re in a badly-written episode of The Twilight Zone, the dice came up with two sixes. Just for show, he used two tickets to get two consuls into his theatre too, even though it made no difference to the overall score. A beautiful, yet somehow tragic, scene.
It was a great game, and it’s my nomination for a possible future Game Of The Month. I do worry, though, that it might not stand up to repeated playings in a short period of time. I may have to reconsider my nomination.
In the meantime, the form table resembles this...