Seattle Cosmic Game Night

(Saturday, 26 August 2000)

Cosmic Beings and German Beans

by Ron Hale-Evans

It was long ago
And it was far away
And it was so much better than it is today...

Well, it was about a month ago, it was in the next room, and it was more fun than typing up a game night summary when you don't remember much of what happened, at least. As I write this, it is 28 September 2000, and I am filling the gaps in Seattle Cosmic: The Lost Weeks.

Present on 26 August 2000 were a mere four people, if we are to grant my scanty notes any credibility. Dave Adams, Marty and Ron Hale-Evans, and Mark Purtill were the only players who showed up. It was a Cosmic Night, so we played Cosmic Encounter, with Bohnanza for dessert. (Beans for dessert? Ja, Kakaobohnen!)

As for powers, I remember that I was the Vampire-Seeker. I found it hard to think of a more discongruous visual pairing than these two power cards. The Vampire looks like a fiend from the Pit, and the Seeker looks like a bunnyrabbit.

Vampire-Seeker: The Cosmically Odd Couple

Dave was the Anomaly-Void. As Void he was scary, and as Anomaly he could veer everyone else away from his hex by changing the colour of the Destiny card. Therefore, he got kind of lonely out there on the edge of the Cosmos. I don't think anyone ever landed on one of his planets, as witness the photo below.

As the Anomaly-Void, Dave didn't get many visitors

As I recall, someone, possibly Marty, had another chance-bending power, but that precious night of fun has been lost to my grey cells forever, oh woe. Nor will we ever know what rules snarl led to the fifteen-minute consultation of the rulebooks depicted below. All I remember is that first we had to look in the Mayfair Cosmic rulebook, then the Mayfair More Cosmic rulebook, then for some reason in a printout of the Eon rulebook available on the Web, then... Mark was there, but it was touching how people deferred to me.

Ron plows through the rules for the solution to yet another tricky Cosmic question... but does he find it?

Oh, well. I'm not utterly sure who won, but I think it was me -- I dimly remember a glow of smug self-satisfaction, and we don't have any photos of anyone holding up a prize, so that points to me or Marty. That's my story, and I'm stickin' to it (until and unless someone corrects me).

As for Bohnanza, the main thing I remember is that it was a remarkably coooperative game. Far from stiffing one another on deals, we four were actually giving away needed cards to one another. "You were so nice to me last turn..." German bean-farming is far from a cutthroat business. Here are the scores for the friendly bean game:

Dave ..... 22
Marty .... 21
Mark ..... 19
Ron ...... 18

I guess Dave knows how to play well with others. For his victory in the Bohnanza coopetition, and in memory of the bumper Black-Eyed Pea crop that helped him win, we gave Dave an eyeball keychain. (See below.)

Eyes on the prize

That's it for 26 August; next up is 9 September (when we played Titan and Spades). FORWARD into the PAST!



Saturday, 9 September 2000, 8:00 PM at Ron and Marty's in Kent.

Remember, game nights at Ron and Marty's are every Saturday at 8:00 PM. Come play for fun and FABULOUS PRIZES! Please bring a snack or drink (cookies, chips, soda, juice, etc.).

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