Last Sunday pedalled over to UK Games Expo with the Bean. When I'd booked the tickets I had, on a whim, entered myself in a competition game. The game was Carcassonne, and the winner got to go to the world championship competition held in Germany in October. It was only two quid, I'm not new to the game, so why not? I must be in with a shout.
Except I was really rubbish. In the first round I came last with 45 points in pretty low scoring game. In the second round I did worse, coming last again with 44 points when the winner scored 91. In the final round, I let the Bean play instead of me. He came second, scoring 52 points.
Later on we had a demo game of Heroclix, which is a little skirmish war game. His team of The Joker, Two Face, and Killer Croc flattened my Batman, Robin, and Alfred without me laying a glove on him. We played a game of Camper Tour. He won that too.
The little git.
The Games Expo is now in its second year, and seemed bigger and better laid out than last year. It was held again at the Clarendon Suites, aka The Warwickshire Masonic Temple, which means the walls are decorated with paintings of whiskery old fellows wearing fancy aprons. I looked around for a game of Illuminati, but didn't find one. Maybe I should take one next year. Fnord. The biggest single improvement was the expo programme which was better both by dint of being A4 rather than A5 and printed so that it was actually legible rather than simply a collection of strange pointillist abstracts. I bought four new games, and another arrived in the post later. I would certainly have spent more money if a) I'd more money and b) I'd brought a bigger bag to carry everything home in. Well done, chaps. See you next year.