So I got smoked three times last night with three different games. Ticket to Ride and San Juan I had played before and should have been able to do better than a distant third in a field of three players. The other game we played, Ostia, was new to me and I fumbled through it as best I could. What I really like about Ostia is that is has a "big reveal" phase where everyone discovers just how badly the players have inadvertently screwed each other over. You sold Red cards, too? Crap! We saturated the market! With the right group that can be a lot of hootin' and hollerin' fun.
"Man, is there anything Jeff CAN'T do when it comes to gaming? This guy is like a critical 20 every roll. Jeff can bite the heads offa five game geeks, including their sorry-ass DM, and spit 'em into a large duffel bag ONE AT A TIME!...that's just the kind of messed up bastard he is! You think yer a gamer, punk? Well..do ya? Jeff will depants your weasel-ass right in front of your grandma."