Losing at Board Games is now 3 Cats & a Baby

It has been awhile since I’ve written a column.  I took a hiatus and watched my son enter the world.  I celebrated, as one does.  I redefined what a good night sleep looks like, as one does.

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As I sat down to write a Losing at Board Games column, my three cats gathered around me as if my laptop was an instrument of the pied piper.

My son is asleep 5 feet from me.

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I realized it is time for a change.  With that change will come a new column title:  3 Cats & a Baby.

Why the change?  Because I want to raise a geek.  My approach to board games looks a bit different now.  I don’t have quite as much time, and what time I do have might be interrupted after 30 minutes.  But I can’t stop.

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3 Cats & a Baby will be a different sort of column.  I’ll write quickly.  I’ll be sleep deprived.  I’ll take photos as I can.  But here’s what you can expect:

  • quick reviews of board games and game expansions.
  • perhaps a session report or two.
  • evaluation of how a game works with three cats (and a baby) around.
  • there will be a rating.
  • I’ll rate on a scale of 1-3 cats. (possibly plus a baby)  This will be scientifically precise.  I’m joking.  It will be an arbitrary rating, based on how much we’re enjoying the game at our house, and with our gaming group.

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I’ll start off each column with a description of the beverage I’m enjoying. Right now, it is my second cup of coffee of the evening.  The brand is 8 o’clock – because I ran out of Kicking Horse and my next shipment doesn’t arrive for a few days.

How long will the columns be?  Its hard to say.  I tend to meander a good bit on the best days.  And these are the best days.  Safe to say that there will be some meandering.

Remember how I said I can’t stop?  Well Can’t Stop wasthe first game that we were able to play with the Political Mastermind’s parents after EGG was born.

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Haven’t played it?  It is a classic by Sid Sackson.  There is dice rolling, pushing of one’s luck, and the movement of cones on a giant stop sign.

You know what kind of game you should try to play with me?  A push-your-luck game.  Because I don’t know when to quit.  I will keep rolling.  And keep rolling.  And keep rolling.  Until I lose.

My rating for this classic game?  3 cats.  Not quite the full rating of 3 cats & a baby, but close.

It is a great game to teach number pairing, and is a good game to play when tired. Like many push-your-luck games, this makes a good gateway game.  It is playable with 2-4 people, but Board Game Geek sells enough cones for 2 more players.

6 players would make for a challenging board, and there would be decent lag between turns with that many players.  However, if you’ve been hosting a dinner party, and everyone is full and enjoying some beverages while gathered around the gaming table it might be the time to give 6 players a try.

Speaking of beverages, I’m off to make more coffee.  Because it is April 14 at 9 pm, and it is snowing in Chicago.

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  1. Fun game. I play it on Board Game Arena every once in awhile. I haven’t actually played the physical version.

    Good to see you back, Jon. Congrats on the baby.

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