I wasn’t quite sure what to expect when I signed-up to sell games at the “Unique Boutique” in St. Boni this past Saturday. Outside of having done a smaller in-home boutique in our neighborhood a couple of weeks ago, the only other time I setup to sell games has been at gaming events, such as Con of the North.
I really enjoyed myself, met a lot of very nice people, had a great time hanging out with my daughter, and even sold a few games in the process.
One of the things that Anna and I were able to do, was to get a handful of games of Dicey Curves in.
She’s a very good player and really gets into forming her combos and “pre-playing” what her options might be. And she talks a little smack too. (I blame her mother.)
At times, she is able to really work the dice … look at her natural (no control chips used) set of six 3′s, plus a couple of bookends to make things work out nicely on the track. She used them all on a single car (we each controlling 2 cars in that game) to jump out to a commanding lead.
What was interesting about that game, is that it started with 7 “gateless” cards — all “Straight-Away” or “Wide Open!” cards. I’ve played a game a lot and have never seen that sort of open. I was pretty glad we were playing 2 cars each, or there would not have been need to do much thinking — it would have been all up to the dice.
And, as you may expect, with a limited deck of cards, the curves came calling shortly
thereafter … and they bunched up the gates. You can see Anna’s red car way out in front of the rest, thanks to that 3-enriched roll from earlier.
I do love it when the curves bunch up: it brings the use of Control Chips to the fore. I was even able to use a rare “Turbo Pass” to jump past her purple car that was holding up the show behind a 3-gate. In the end, she took that game, even though the late mid-game was played by her little brother while she grabbed a lunch break.
The other thing I was able to do was to further refine the up-coming “Danger!” expansion for the game. Anna helped me rename some of the special cards that will be in the Danger Deck. And I talked her through what I expect to have in the 2nd expansion, due out in August … she got pretty excited about those ideas.
Also got to talk with quite a few people who were a little surprised (but happy) to see a board game table at a holiday boutique. Gave out a fair number of business cards and sold some games. So, all-in-all, a nice day hanging out with my kid in a cheerful holiday environment.