Sunday, 29 June 2014

God bless Amerigo

It’s the last GNN of the season! A time for excitement as the result goes down to the last second of the game. Oh, wait... that was the Brazil – Chile game. As far as GNN was concerned, the season was wrapped up long ago.

But still, three hardy gamers were in attendance. We chose Amerigo for its second outing. Myself and Sam were keen to see how it played with three – the third player in question being Matt.

Amerigo looks daunting but it such a simple game, that the rules can be explained more or less as you go along. This is what we did and, at first, I felt a little bad of Matt as I shot into an early lead with Matt in last place (and Sam not too far ahead of him). But my rush for building on small islands was a false dawn. Both Sam and Matt focused on commodities, collecting them and their multipliers.

This meant I was easily overtaken by both of them, despite Matt falling prey to the feisty pirates, he still easily passed me. Sam, on the other hand, was out of sight, and had lapped both of us by the time the game ended.

Sam 177
Matt 124
Andrew 113

Then we packed it away, carefully dividing the myriad pieces into separate lock-tite bags. For our next game, we decided on something a bit more fun: Take It Easy. Only we found when we opened it that all the counters had been mixed together in the box and we spent yet more time carefully dividing the myriad pieces before we could begin.

As we played, we continued our habit of announcing each tile. I went for the old-fashioned rhyming couplets, while Matt decided on random Hollywood actors. By now the whiskey was out, and we all found this hilarious. When he said “Whoopie Goldberg”, I yelled out a delighted “Wookie Boldgerg!” Meanwhile, Sam cursed Harold Ramis for ruining his game. Finally, Sam’s choice of calls was things from the 80s. Everyone welcomed Talk Talk, but weren't so keen on stone-washed jeans.

As for the game, it was pretty high-scoring for everyone, with 127 being the lowest for a round. Sam scored 65 points on the last tile of the last round. He was so excited, he forgot to say what thing from the 80s it was. Maybe it was Leroy out of Fame, the TV series.

Sam 557
Andrew 449
Matt 411

And then we set off home, ending the evening and ending the season!

On the form table, Gonz wins, just as he’s about to depart for Spain for the summer.

Gonz 2 1 2 1 1 7
Martin 3 2 1 1 3 10
Sam 1 1 3 5 1 11
Andrew 2 3 3 1 2 11
Matt 3 2 1 4 2 12
Ian 4 2 1 4 1 12
Will2 4 23 5 16
Joe 4 3 4 4 2 17
Anja 2 5 5 5 5 22
Steve 4 5 5 5 5 24

On the Division, Martin wins the medal table and points, and he would’ve won points ratio too, if it hadn’t been for those meddlin’ Bracknell kids. James slips in under the radar and gets points ratio with his four games.

Congrats to our three winners, and let’s all rest before the next new season. In a couple of days. And here's hoping Adam and Hannah make a return soon!


  1. I'm afraid our results are not accurate because I haven't been posting them up. No matter, it's only a bit of fun :)

  2. Great night, great season. I'm not sure why actors were so funny - it can't have just been the Islay. I think Matt's choices just hit the spot.

    Amerigo was good fun and, like Andrew says, bar a couple of minor exceptions you can kind of learn as you go; and the tower works really well for it in terms of both gambling a bit and jumping ahead to a different 'phase' of the game.

    Thanks Andrew for doing the write-ups and arithmetic; and everybody for participating!

  3. Chris - I thought that might have happened, but no matter. The more (winners), the merrier!

  4. I just realised I won as many games as Martin! - The world cup has really paid off for me.