SEPTA is fubared, apparently. There were no LUCY buses to be seen, and the trolleys were on diversion to 40th street, or at any rate not in the tunnel. I rode the El to 34th, and braved the bitter cold. It was quite something, the way we poured off the train and up the stairs. It felt as if the entire University of Pennsylvania had been on that one train.
But before that. Before that was a weekend. Before that was a *week* of games. On Tuesday I went to bible study and then stopped at Ardmore to give Mark brownies and to play Settlers. Let's just say that I didn't produce any grain. Unlike Mark and Chris. Sigh.
On Friday I went to Ardmore for more games. Noda was also there, and we played Age of Steam on the Scandinavia map. I ran Denmark, and won easily. We think we need some house rules to make Denmark less powerful.
Saturday was grown up gaming. First I played my first game of For Sale, which is fluffy and silly, and I won. Then was Tigris. We had two new players, and they ran their hands and ended the game early. Final score, 6-3-3-2. Ouch. I was one of the 3s, because I played for position a little too long. Underwood won. Then I played in a five player game of Ticket To Ride: Märklin. OH MY GOD. *Every* card has a different railcar on it! Every single one! It's just gorgeous. I finished up in 3rd, only 5 points behind the leader. I got greedy for tickets at the end. If I'd taken one fewer tickets OR had one more turn, I would have won easily. (I ended with two unfinished tickets for a total of -16, and I had the cards to complete one of them. Of course, those unfinished tickets were tickets # *8* and *9.* Fun game.
Then we shot some pool. I won a game of Cutthroat, lost a game of Cutthroat, and lost a game of Team 8-Ball. Then we went back to Ardmore, and taught two guys (Dan and Matt) Age of Steam. We played with five in the Midwest, I ran Canada (shockingly), and finished in third place, four or five points behind Mark (and one behind Dan). Dan and Matt left, and Chris, Mark, and I played the grain-less Settlers game that has been seen on Mark's lj. Let's just say that I wanted them to feel my pain. I came in last, again.
Sunday we had a Superbowl party in Ardmore. (Sensing a theme here? I *live* on Lincoln Drive, it seems!) Mark, Chris, Noda, me, Joanna K., Sarah, Brendan, Danny, Mike, Ed, and Adam O. all showed up and had a great time stuffing ourselves on ... everything. It was really great, and many thanks to Mark and Chris for hosting, and to Noda for making chili!
Today, I am thinking of meeting Brian (of grown-up gamers) at Spring Mountain
for skiing from 5-9. It will be very, very cold, but awesome. Anyone who wants to come is most welcome, but you'll have to drive yourself or get to my house by train. Total cost should be $42.
After that weekend, skiing at night in bitter cold on a so-so mountain should be very relaxing.