Games Night 14th June 2021

Colt Express (Ludonaute) was the first game of choice this virtual evening (via Board Games Arena).

The Cast:
Emily as Cheyenne
Malcolm as Tuco
Matt as Belle
Paul as Ghost
Phil as Django

Five villainous bandits made it onto the moving train. It’s not made clear how they managed this feat of insanity, but there you go. Ghost, Django and Belle were sitting pretty at the bar in the caboose whilst Cheyenne and Tuco, in their enthusiasm, had already made into the fourth car.
Not happy with the company he was keeping Ghost promptly scrambled onto the roof of the caboose. Cheyenne also abandoned her companion and made her way into the third car, the diners surprisingly unperturbed by the sudden appearance of a gun toting native American. Not wanting to miss out on the acrobatics, Belle also moved roof-side. With amazing reflexes, Tuco took a swing at the already absent Cheyenne and felt mighty silly about that. Remembering his mission, Django pilfered a jewel. Well done Django!
Like a mildly frantic gazelle, Ghost skipped ahead on the fast-moving train all the way to the second car when the stupidity of what he was doing caught up with him. Realising that sitting in the locomotive is only interesting for so long, the Marshal decided to actually do his job and started patrolling the train and made it as far as the first car when he got distracted by a pretty passenger.
Belle chased after Ghost but found her skirts were not the most sensible choice of attire for leaping from car to car and stopped at the third car to rearrange restrictive garments.
Despite being surrounded by wealthy passengers, Tuco instead shot Cheyenne in the adjoining car.
Django decided a single money bag was not worth his time and joined Tuco in the fourth car where there was far more loot to be had.
Feeling exposed, Ghost somehow managed to dive back down through an open window into the car below. Unfortunately, he found himself in the luggage car and there was pretty slim pickings. Despite being shot, Cheyenne successfully helped herself to a jewel. Alone on the roof, Belle looked down the sights of her weapon, but with nobody else travelling so precariously, she put the gun down again. Tuco ran into the 3rd car away from Django, who promptly shot him in the back and propelled him past all the lovely jewels just lying about there and into the next car which contained Ghost and not a lot else. Ghost opened fire at the rapidly moving Tuco and instead hit Cheyenne who was also shot by the gun-slinging Django, the impact of which also flung her into the second car with Ghost and Tuco. It had got a bit crowded in there.
Finally, Tuco got his act together and robbed a purse off a passenger passed out in a drunken stupor amongst the luggage. He’s a nice guy if you get to know him. Belle doubled back to the second car rooftop. She was planning something.
With nothing left to take in the car, Cheyenne just glared at Tuco.
The passengers, having had enough of this shoddy treatment, suddenly draw their substantial armament and opened fire on the hapless thieves. Cheyenne (who was taking bullets like a boss), Django, Ghost and Tuco all get wounded, but are made of too stern a stuff to just do something, like die.

Chapter Two
Hearing the commotion in the next car, the Marshal stopped chatting up the pretty passenger and stormed into the second car like some lawman with a big gun. Despite it being stuffed to the windows with the poor luggage, the Marshal took his upholding the law job seriously and fired at anything that moved, might have moved, or could possibly move at some point in the future. The increasingly bullet-ridden Cheyenne, Ghost and Tuco somehow managed to escape from there on to the roof. While they were ineffectually avoiding getting shot full of lead, Belle clambered down into the fourth car and joined Django and some wealthy passengers who, having seen the futility of shooting the bandits, have returned to their seats and discussions.
As if having five bullet holes in her wasn’t enough, Tuco landed a perfect punch on Cheyenne that sent her flying to the roof of the third car. A dropped jewel glinted in the sun where Cheyenne dropped it. Miraculously, it didn’t fall of the roof of rumbling train.
Not wanting to share the loot with Belle, Django punched her into next week – or rather the third car, which had much nicer loot. A passenger sneakily snatched up the purse she dropped when she got punched.
Ghost decided to go for the strongbox and made his way to the first car. He got shot in the back by Cheyenne who had re-joined Tuco on the roof of the second car. Shaking off the punch, Belle sent Django a kiss, closely followed by a bullet and demurely helped herself to a jewel.
Back on the roof, Tuco ignored the jewel completely and satisfied himself by shooting Ghost twice.
In the train Django smacked a passenger about until the uncooperative oik gave up his bag of money and then shot Belle sending her skidding into the second car with the Marshal, who was still very much into shooty mode and scored a hit before she made it out the window and onto the crowded roof.
In his eagerness, Ghost forgot about the bit about actually getting to the place where the loot was and tried snatching it up. Unsurprisingly, while sitting atop and moving train, he was unsuccessful.
With nothing left to shoot, the Marshal continued on the the third car.
In a show of remarkable endurance, Cheyenne found the strength to punch Tuco back to the third car, and pinched his purse at the same time. Ghost continued to scrabble ineffectually at the roof of the car acquiring precisely no loot. Django, wanting to see what the big deal was, climbed onto the roof of the car. Tuco tried picking up the dropped jewel but was too stunned from the punch to notice he was on the wrong roof.
The Marshal moved to the fourth car and was disappointed to find nothing amiss. Even the wealthy passengers still had their money. For no apparent reason, the Marshal decided it was a good idea to leave a second strongbox in that car.

Chapter Three
While Belle helped herself to Cheyenne’s dropped jewel, Tuco rushed past her and onto the roof of the locomotive and got shot by Ghost for his effort. Now that she was safely past the Marshall, Cheyenne clamoured back into the train. Belle shot Django. Tuco took a swing at an anticipated rival for the strongbox, but with a no-show, just battered at the air for a bit. Django shot Belle, sending her to the first car – those two have a lot of making up to do after this is over. The Marshall made his way to the caboose and away from the sound of gunfire and screams and got a drink at the bar. Having discovered that she’d taken a liking to shooting people, Belle shot Tuco. He had done nothing to her during this entire escapade and looked hurt in more ways than one. Cheyenne moved into the first car and started to check out the passengers. Above her, Belle gets punched in the face by Ghost and dropped a jewel on her way back to the roof of the second car. Warily, Django moved one car closer to the action. Tuco shot back at Belle, but hit Ghost. This surprised the now inebriated Marshal who shot through the roof, doing nothing much except putting a hole in it and scaring the barman.

Chapter Four
Tuco shot Ghost for no other reason than he just could,
Django climbed to the interior of the Car while Ghost helped himself to Belle’s dropped jewel. Meanwhile, Cheyenne found a jewel and swiped it. Poor Ghost started to feel he was living up to his name when Belle shot him for the sixth time. The Marshal staggered into the fourth car and Django helped himself to a jewel that was just innocuously just sitting there minding its own business. Having had enough, Ghost slid down into the car to join Cheyenne, but she promptly scarpered forwards into the locomotive. Belled then climbed back into the train, leaving Tuco alone on the roof, punching away at the air like he just don’t care. The Marshal surprised Django when he shot him, Django made it onto the roof. His job done, the Marshal moved back to the fourth car. Have had enough of making a fool of himself, Tuco made his way into the locomotive to find Cheyenne had beaten him to it and leaving Django alone on the roof with no one to shoot at. Deciding to double back to the second strongbox, Ghost joined Belle in the second car and moved out of range of Cheyenne who was all ready to shoot someone. Belle tried the robbing thing, but there was nothing of value in that car. Suddenly, the train slammed on the breaks propelling Django onto the roof of the second car.

Chapter Five
The roof was finally vacated when Django climbed inside to join Belle. Ghost moved to the first car while Cheyenne claimed the strongbox in the locomotive and made a rude gesture to Tuco. Belle ran from Django to Ghost and Django failed completely to hit her in the back. Ignoring Belle, Ghost purloined a bag of money. Clutching the strongbox, Cheyenne found Belle and Ghost in the first car just as Belle also became richer by exactly one bag of money. Late once again, Tuco joins the party in the first car and is deafened by the sound of Ghost shooting Django in the next car. Getting out of a likely fracas, the two ladies made their way to the roof. In a most ungentlemanly way, Tuco shot Cheyenne through the roof. It is never mentioned where she was hit from that unfortunate direction. Django returned Ghost’s shot but hit Tuco, knocking him back into the empty locomotive. Alone again, Ghost acquired the final purse in the car and Belle skipped one car back to the caboose. Poor Tuco found nothing to steal in his unexpected location. The marshal tried having his revenge, but with no one on the roof above him, nobody noticed.

Tuco was the rootinest-shootinest so was awarded the $1000 Gunslinger title.
Ghost got shot the most (6x).

Final scores:
Emily: 2150
Malcolm: 1250
Matt: 750
Paul: 1350
Phil: 1500

Well done Cheyenne a.k.a. Emily!

We played it again.
This time:
Emily was Doc
Malcolm was Cheyenne
Matt was Ghost
Paul was Belle
Phil was Django

Various tomfoolery happened.
Cheyenne was the gunslinger
The end score:
Emily: 1500
Malcolm: 2000
Matt: 1600
Paul: 2450
Phil: 600
Well done Belle a.k.a. Paul!

Next up we played Happy City (Cocktail Games)

A new game to some of us.

Final scores:
Emily: 36
Malcolm: 54
Matt: 36
Paul: 48
Phil: 48

I won something!

We played it again.

Final scores:
Emily: 48
Malcolm: 48
Matt: 42
Paul: 36
Phil: 35
A joint win for Emily and Myself

And again, on the more experienced setting…

Final scores:
Emily: 36
Malcolm: 20
Matt: 5
Paul: 35
Phil: 42
I could say I gave up my winning streak to let someone else have some of the glory… Phil got there all by himself!

A great evening of games. Thanks guys.

Games Night 30th June 2016

This week LH hosted, and a good job of it he did too.
We felt compelled to become bandits and attempt to rob the Colt Express, twice.
Colt Express
First time played with the 5+ deck.
The rules were quickly explained, LH helpfully pointed out that lateral movement on top of the train can be up to 3 cars. We’ve only played it 1 carriage as it is in the train. With a train only 3-4 cars long, it’s never been an issue though. Good to know, however.
Colt-Express
AL enjoyed a larger hand-size as Doc
LH managed all of 1 nifty thefts as Cheyenne
MC was all secretive as Ghost
Despite his charms, PH got hit a lot as Belle, mostly by MC
PM had little luck as Tuco but then became Django in the second, and fared a little better.
Being a game that’s much more interesting to watch or play, I’ll skip straight to the scores.

Game 1 Game 2
AL 2200 Gunslinger 750
LH 1500 1900 Gunslinger
MC 750 1700 Gunslinger
PH 900 1750
PM 0 1150

To conclude the evening we went to the realm of Eketorp.
Eketorp
AL manifested in the village of Barbara
LH took control of the village Eketorp
MC became chieftian of Ismantorp
PH was the head honcho of Sadby
PM emerged as warlord of Graborg
After a runthrough of the rules play quickly got underway. MC quickly secured the first stone brick and LH played a very aggressive game. AL didn’t like this game, but that didn’t stop bis rising bloodlust and he soon played as viciously as LH.

eketorp
In the end, the game concluded inthe 10th round with no one finishing their village wall.
Final scores: LH-15; PM-17; PH-24; AL-25; MC-30
Yay! MC won something.