WITH FRIENDS LIKE THESE...
Every year April brings my one, must-attend gaming event — Alan Moon's Gathering of Friends. Nine days of concentrated gaming with 300 friends, what could be better? As always I managed to play many new games but there were none that really stood out as "must haves". I believe that this was the general consensus of the attendees as there was no one title that people were raving about. I suppose the nearest thing to a hit was Louis XIV to which I had the same reaction as I have to most Alea games — I respect it but do not personally enjoy it.
I did enjoy Tower of Babel, Heckmeck am Bratwurmeck, Diamant and Reef Encounter among others. The Gathering also provides an opportunity to play games that I do not get a chance to play otherwise. I lost another game of Dune and while I was undefeated at Le Passe-Trappe in 2004, this year I was thoroughly humbled by Jake Talley. This theme would continue with Can't Stop. Frank Weiss (from Ravensburger) and I jokingly conduct the World Championship with much trash-talking and year-long bragging rights on the line. After my triumph in the "Greatest Game Ever Played" last year, I sent Frank a copy of the Parker Brothers "Stop Sign" edition so that he could practice. Bad move. I was utterly humiliated and did not manage to win a single game despite five or six attempts. Oh well, there's always next year.
Another May and another very short issue this month I'm afraid. Oh well, perhaps there's an article in the archives you've overlooked?
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