Gidon, Hannah & Lori (a team), Rafi, Susan, and I played Ticket to Ride Europe on Shabbat afternoon. It was a first time experience for Hannah and Gidon, but both seemed to enjoy it.
The Hanah and Lori team, Rafi and Susan, seemed to have drawn tickets in the same area and were building across and around one another. Susan and Gidon were largely unaffected, and I was largely ineffectual, making a bad choice of initial tickets – I was too ambitious – and then failing to remedy the situation with poor card choices.
Susan built the long 8 piece route and for a while was in the lead. But we all kept in touch, and at one point, despite the blocking, anyone could have won. However, in the last few rounds, Susan picked up a ticket she could not complete, Hannah and Lori gambled on the game going on longer, Gidon made some unlucky card draws, and I switched strategies too often. The net result was that the Better family representative, the unassuming Rafi, claimed the win. Well done Mr Better!
After that, Hannah and I played a game of Scrabble. I enjoy the occasional game of this classic, but am always at a disadvantage, having never bothered to learn the two and three word lists that are essential for good scores. However, this time around I managed to keep in contact with Hannah right up until the last couple of turns, losing by about 20 points. Hannah plays a nice, steady game. My guess is that if she took up the Facebook version, she would do rather well! Meanwhile, I can claim a morale victory, as I think I successfully blocked any of Hannah’s potential seven word monster scores! Good fun, and a pleasant way to round off Shabbat gaming.