This was a different kind of game night. As I didn’t hear anything in the Dueling Grounds thread on TABS about anyone coming out, I let my wife convince me to stay home tonight. After playing with the baby and putting him to sleep, and before watching an episode and a half ofOnce Upon A Time, she agreed to play a couple of games. Well, if she didn’t, I probably would have gone out and played with real gamers, but she kept her word.
First up were two quack-tastic games of Duck, Duck, Go! by APE Games.
(thank you ookoodook.com for that hard-to-find pic of the edition I have)
Duck, Duck, Go! is a game of rubber duck racing. Rubber ducks. Bathtub race course. Yeah, what more do you need? This humourous game is good for players of all ages. I’ve already thought of ways to make it accessible to a younger crowd, which will be good because I need to get my son into gaming as soon as I can. Hopefully this will help.
The basic game involves racers playing cards that determine their duck’s movement, as well as turn initiative. This is much like RoboRally. But with ducks. In a bathtub. Players zoom their ducks around the board, touching all three buoys before heading to the drain for the win. It’s like RoboRally meets that rubber duck game for the PS3. You often have only limited control over your ducky, kind of like as if the waves in the tub are splashing you around this way and that, and there’s only so much you can do to swim how you’d like.
“Why do you own such a game?” you may ask? Well, it all started when my wife (then my girlfriend) and I went to Europe a few years ago. In The Netherlands and Belgium, I believe, we found a few shops that sold cool rubber ducks. Me being a collector, and her not realising it at the time, we bought one and said, “Hey, wouldn’t it be fun to collect these?” A year or so later, the King Tut exhibit came to Toronto, and we went with my family. One of the souvenirs I picked up was a mummy-ducky. Also, when my friend Sorin went to Europe I asked him to look for duckies. He brought back a pirate ducky with a rubber pirate ship. Awesome! And so on, and so forth, our small ducky collection grew. I think we justified it by saying that when we have kids, it’ll be for them. Meeplemart got in a “Duck Booster Box” from APE games, and I picked it up, adding 10 mini duckies to our collection. I then saw that there were games that revolved around these ducks. Many months later, I bought this one at Meeplemart and got the other (Duck, Duck, Safari) in the recent BGG Math Trade.
Heck, if I can get my wife to play it, I’ll keep it. And again, it might help me introduce gaming to my son. One can only hope!
The other game we played was Metro, by Queen Games/Uberplay.
This is a game I’ve had for years and used to see some play in the early days of TABS Thursday gaming/Monthly Rotationals. But it’s been a couple of years since I played it, according to BGG, so I brought it out, figuring it was light enough for my wife to play. She enjoyed it, and didn’t do too badly, only about 13 points behind me in the end. She got to 100, which made her happy, so can’t complain about that.
Metrois a nice light game of tile-laying and route-building. With random tile draws, and a lot of opportunities for screwage, there is only so much you can really plan for ahead of time, especially in games of more players (it goes up to 6). The tracks can also end up being pretty zany, with some random loops in the middle of nowhere. I guess this is where you have to suspend reality a little and just enjoy the game. If you can’t, stop playing games and go garden or something.
Anyway, glad to get this one out again. I’m sure I can convince my wife to play it again, especially if it’s with some other people, like Les and Laurie or Andrew and Kristina. Although, since the baby was born our couples gaming has pretty much ceased. Maybe as he gets a tad older we can strike it up again.
While tonight what I would normally hope for on a gaming night, it was nice to spend the time with my wife, at home. Happy Valentine’s Day-plus-one, my dear!
Thanks for reading.