The pirates are beating out the ninja this weekend, for me at least.
Last night, we (being the Board Game Group core of myself, Alex, Josh, Steve, and Pat) got together to try out one of Steve's new games, Lords of the Spanish Main.
It was an interesting game, but the night was a bit of a bust. One player couldn't keep his personal baggage from affecting his emotions so took too many things in game personally. One player was insisting that we stick to the rules (especially regarding turn order) at all times while a few others were treating this as a learning experience and willing to allow mulligans. One was really upset that the heavy negotiation the game requires was devolving into petty bickering at several points. One was unhappy that two players were basically playing along with the Spanish "controller" player, giving advantages to that player in return for keeping near him in points, while the other two felt they needed to disrupt the "controller" to keep the game from being a runaway.
Not naming any names this time, as I usually do, because this game rubbed some of us the wrong way and I know at least one of the guys reads the blog regularly and I've sent the link to all of them to read. (Josh, if you want to chime in, I'd appreciate if you also try to keep it impersonal). I'm no saint. I was one of the support the Spanish Controller until I felt I could take over (and if we hadn't stopped the game when we did, I had a good chance to take the lead for doing that--no guarantee I'd have made it or not, I may have acted prematurely there). I also fall on the side of using the game as a learning exercise. We played two games that we cut off quickly, but the long game still felt like getting to know the game to me, especially as for some reason I wasn't able to get the rules online. I kept getting an error page trying to visit the game maker's homepage.
Anyway, I don't hold anything personal against the guys, but while I would like to play that game again, Steve did make a valid point that he doesn't want to play this game again with this group.
In other pirates vs. ninja news, our plan is to go see the new Pirates of the Caribbean movie this afternoon or evening. So it's a very pirate weekend.