Sunday, July 5, 2009

SOIREE JOUX At Bios de Vincennes

This weekend, I met a Canadian at Vinecenne to play board games together.

He plays board games with his wife. He said they play DOMINION.
I am impressed that his wife plays DOMINION, which is not for d├ębutants. He said she even beats him.

We brought our own games and went to Bois de Vincenne to find a place to play them.
We walked into woods and found a wooden table with benches to play board games.

A game we play at first was Small World.
Now, it looks like this game is so popular in Paris. I was looking for this game and went to some stores, but they all said “C’est indisponible (It is all sold out!)”
After depressed a couple of times, I got one finally.

This is the first time for both of us to play this game. So we started playing the game reading the rulebook.

I chose “Flying Trolls” then I started conquer the land from the bottom right.
Then he chose “Merchant Ratmen”. I guess this is a smart choice because choosing “merchant” only gives you 2 tokens, but choosing the ratmen gives you 8 which is the most number among the races. So he got 10 rats tokens.
He spread over his ratmen on the other side of the land.
Each of his turn, he scored almost twice as much as mine.
I failed to use “flying ability” in the first and second turns. I just forgot my special power “Flying”. (Flying Trolls sounds weird, though.)
I cut his troops in two and placed a troll’s lair to protect the place where I conquered.
But this move is not crucial in this game. He collected the isolated rats, abandoned the region and conquered another region and kept scoring…
As my Trolls were well protected by a mountain and a Troll lair, the number of Troll tokens didn’t decrease so I think I missed the timing to put the Troll in decline.
We knew each other he won the game before the last turn.

We started the same game again. I chose “Stout Skeletons” and he chose “Forest Tritons”. In the map for 2 players, half of the land borders the sea or the lake, so he conquered several regions including forest regions in the first and second turn. Skeletons weren’t a bad choice and I conquered more regions than him, but 3 Forests are bordering the sea or the lake. So he took those forests back using less tokens. I should have watched the map more carefully.

I lost so badly, but I really enjoyed the game because so many things happen during a game.

He said he likes the game and is going to buy one.

Next game we played was “Mr. Jack” which he brought.
One plays Jack and the other plays police to arrest him.
He explained the rules and then said, “I never win when I play Jack.”
This is the first time that I play this game, so he let me play the police at first.
At the first turn of the game, I actually didn’t know what I should do, but the number of innocent people automatically (to me) increased. I picked up Holmes who tells you who is innocent and at the fourth turn, I figured out there are only 2 suspects left. I moved Miss Stealthy close to "Jack" as she can move farther than any other people. Finally she caught “Jack”. “I told you.”, he said.

Then I played Jack. I placed Sir William as a decoy near the exit of the town so that he seems to sneak out. I was planning to let “Jack” out of the town just after exchanging his position to Sir William. But the light near the exit won’t let to do it. So I changed the strategy, just keep escaping until the end of the game. At the last turn, I thought I win, but he found the way to reach Jack. Mmmm, I lost.

He plays very well, but I can’t still image how his wife plays DOMINION and beats him...

That was a wonderful evening. I wish I could play games with him again (and his wife if possible).


Minken said...

It was a great time indeed! I am back in Paris for 3 weeks if you are available to play some more games again! Most of mine are packed, but I still have some tzo player games kicking around (settlers of catan card game for 2, Jambo - never played, and lost cities). Let me know!

Usalapbit said...

I'll e-mail you later.

nijoos said...

Hi, I'm visiting Paris this June. I was hoping to purchase Dixit and Dixit2 which I understand are French games. Do you know what's the cheapest means of obtaining such games and other boardgames in France? Is there an online retailer I can make an order for to deliver to my hotel or do I have to visit one of the stores? I figure a online retailer would have more competitive prices as in the US. Would appreciate any help you can render, thanks!

Usalapbit said...

Hi Nijoos,
Sorry for the late reply.

If you need to order on line, you can try Ludibay. They have web site in English.

It might be less expensive than one sold in stores. But I'm not sure they can deliver the games to your hotel room.
Note that the instructions may be in French.

Otherwise, find a store to which you can go during your stay in Paris down below.

Enjoy your stay in Paris!

GINO said...

Dear MInken or USalapbit,

I'm having trouble finding stores that sell English(languaged) board games and RPG's in Paris.
If you do know any may you please tell me.

P.S: I looked at your list too,I don't think the shops sell any English style board games/RPGs.

Best Regards,GINO

Anonymous said...

Dear, Minken&Usalapbit,

Are there any stores in Paris, that retail English languaged
RPGS and boardgames like Akhamhorror,Munchkin or D&D(and others too).

Best Regards,

Usalapbit said...

Most board games sold in Paris are translated into French.
As far as I know, the board game stores in Paris sell only French edition ones.
But some stores sell games published by US company like REO GRAND GAME.
It includes instructions in English.
You can also get games with no language dependency with English rules.

Games with highly language dependency are mostly translated into French. But You may download English rules in seller's website.

If you are looking for RPG, it is quite difficult to find English version one in Paris.

But try to visit STAR PLAYER. They may sell RPG in English version, but I am not sure that you can find one exactly what you're looking for.

Good luck!