Year 1 Day 38: Tuesday with Games

I drove Air Volvo, still decorated by the crows, to Portland to play a game with my friend Casey. He had some time off today, he works nights, so I met him this evening. We both have had our vaccines, but we still wear masks except when eating.

I was there about 5:45PM as the traffic, while not light, was fast. You never see fast here, so I was unsure if the Greater Portland Area (PDX, also the name for our airport) drivers have been changed by the long isolation. Usually, PDX traffic is slowly and insanely polite until they hit you. I have read that PDX has some of the worst drivers in the USA (maybe the world). Drivers wanted to get somewhere today, and I had no close calls.

Casey and I then drove a short distance to Mazatlan Mexican Food just off of Burnsides in Portland. This is a local chain, and Casey had a three-taco dinner plate while I had my usual chile relleno and enchilada. It was good.

Casey introduced me to a game I have only seen reviews for, Watergate. This is a two-person fast-paced game with each player playing a different persona: The Editor or President Nixon. This is an asymmetrical game; the players have different options and winning conditions, all played on a shared board. The Press and the President have different decks that they draw on to take their actions. The editor is trying to establish evidence to connect the president to a source. If two sources are connected to Mr. Nixon, the President Nixon player loses the game. Mr. Nixon obstructs the press by getting his hands on the evidence and using it to block the path to him. There is also has a marker, the momentum marker, that when either side wins five times, that player wins.

The main action is a tracking board with evidence, initiative marker, and momentum marker is reset each round. The cards allow you to manipulate the track and markers. Often you can use a card to do special effects that move evidence and the markers together. The card is then removed from the game. So be careful. The press burns cards to get sources like Mr. Dean. At the end of the round, anything on your side of the track (not on the zero space) is yours.

The game is a mix of Deck thinning and exploiting events to control a tug-of-war board that provides The Press and President Nixon with means to win. The cards manipulate this track. There are many options. The randomness of just four or five cards to play in each round and random evidence that must be matched to color means the player, The President, or The Editor, must be flexible and react to events and resources now available. From my experience, President Nixon is powerful, and The Editor player needs to burn events to keep from being crushed. The press must thin their hand to useful Journalist cards and other useful cards. Mr. Nixon can retain cards for later use as his cards are powerful.

I enjoyed the mix of creating chains, the tug-of-war over the markers and evidence, and the deck building and thinning process. It plays fast and is a bit forgiving. I cannot wait to play the President next time. I also like to see all the names and events I remember from my childhood, and I read Woodward’s books for years. The theme was a bit immerse for me.

We had time for two games, and I won the second game as I started to thin my deck and hold my own against Mr. Nixon. The game is simple, cheap ($35), fast, and fun.

I drove home, and again the traffic was moving fast and safer than I am used to. The polite is still there as I had folks flash their blinkers, and I let them in, and everyone seemed happy when I did that (no East Coast styled horn blowing).

Moving to the beginning, I started the day at 6ish and discovered my 7:30 meeting was canceled. But I was up, so I just read the email and tried to find my way. I had a team meeting and a status meeting every hour. And two status meetings canceled just before I was going to attend.

I also had a few alignment items and a few emergencies of the moment, and crises of the hour. I managed to send polite emails and texts. I could resolve the issues without anyone getting upset or, hard to imagine in the Pacific Northwest, someone getting overly direct.

Susie was up by mid-morning; we got in Air Volvo and did Burger King for lunch. Our usual plain cheese Whopper Jr for Susie and a regular Whopper with cheese for me. We had diet cokes and mozzarella sticks (their fries are not good). As usual, we parked the car and enjoyed watching the TV Highway and listened to the radio while we enjoyed our repast.

Today in Aloha, Oregon, it was warm, sunny, and I could not breathe! Pollen! Trees! Pollen from trees! I managed to use my inhalant to stop the uncontrolled coughing. My chest pain is back–caused by the harsh coughing. My lungs are better now.

Corwin made dinner for Susie. Corwin and I discovered that the local American Indian Tribe is hosting vaccinations at their casino. If Corwin can get signed up, we may have a plan for a weekend in May!

17,762 people were vaccinated in Oregon yesterday. This number will likely increase.

883 people died today in the USA from Covid-19. Washington County, our county, is returning to lock-down as the infection rate is out of control.

I thought it best to remember the day with this song: Lift Every Voice and Sing.

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