Last week, in our attempts to deal with the Winter doldrums, we walked (in the sludge and freezing rain) to Rideau Centre and did a little shopping. I had completely forgotten that there is a game store on the first level, near the food court.
We went in looking for something new or old, but something that would be totally different than playing Scrabble, Cranium or Canasta - our three favs. I spotted Go! I knew about this game from my boss in Portland, and know a few people who absolutely love it - kinda like playing chess.
Mark and I have played a total of 3 times, and our running score is Mark 3, Jessica 0! I couldn't believe this! We're both so competitive with each other, so we really duke it out when we play board games. But it's a lot of fun, and like an Othello meets Risk kinda game of territory and freedom.
You have black pieces and white ones on a grid-like board. The object is to capture as much territory as your opponent. Using connects pieces as groups, you can imprison your opponent or swallow them up. The person with the most open territory at the end of the game wins.
I don't know why Mark is so good at it or who his Chinese mentor was growing up, but it's a lot of fun.