||[Sunday 8th November 2015 at 11:52 pm]
Bonus post time!
Yesterday after dropping off the car The GNU and I picked up elemnar for a family games evening. I can tell you that Triforce Heroes is no more co-ordinated when all the players are within shouting distance. If anything it possibly becomes even more bonkers as everyone tries and fails to become more organised.
Still, despite the hilarious amounts of item fail, puzzle solving fail, and throwing-Links-into-pits fail, we (myself, elemnar, and The GNU) managed to not only conquer all of Woodlands and Riverside, but even complete one level in Fortress (Training Ground, I think) without using all the fairies. As a nice touch it turns out when using Download Play, all players can create costumes in the lobby - which makes sense, otherwise only players with the actual game would be able to do so. Of course that then resulted in us repeatedly trying Woodlands levels so that The GNU could get an Armos Spirit... and him always managing to open a chest with whatever the region's rare item was instead of the higher-probability Armos Spirit. The random number generator is never on your side, even when you don't want it to be.
Later on allegramente joined us for a game of Ticket to Ride (using the original North America map). It begun with myself and elemnar squabbling over routes on the east coast - I think we both would have rather been building up cards for longer routes, but choose to instead spend them on low-scoring routes to ensure that we could achieve the tickets we had. Surprisingly at the end of the game all of us had achieved all of our tickets! Anyway, that continued for a few turns with allegramente interfering here and there, while at the end of the table The GNU went very quiet as he started looking at the game from a mathematical point of view. Whatever he was doing obviously worked as he won with a score of over 100, despite me managing to claim longest train right at the end (by dropping four long trains down in the final few rounds) - I think the fact that he was the only one to pick up extra tickets helped. I can see that we'll end up playing this again.