I felt less than well over our Shabbat away in Metar, but managed to introduce Susan, Peter, and Anne to Takenoko. As usual, I did such a good job of explaining the rules, that I lost! Susan edged me out by two points, with Peter and Anne close enough behind me.
Peter had a dreadful run of luck with the die, rolling five or six ‘Storm’ results in a row. Anne was less unlucky with that aspect, but her victory card draws were too tough. Susan latched onto the game mechanics quickly, and was consistently ahead.
Good stuff, though it did highlight the potential unbalancing effect of the damn die. Maybe an experienced Takenoko player would have been better able to weather the storm of bad fortune.