One of the things that makes rook so fun is challenging the same opponents over and over again until after many nights of repeat play, one team takes the overall championship. Last year, my wife and I took on a challenge to battle two of our good friends in rook with the first team getting to 100 wins would get a dinner purchased by the losers (a win would be getting to 500 pts). Over the course of many nights of play, we got all the way up to 88 wins, by the leading team and 83 wins by the losing team, but one of the teammates had regular life get in the way and had to move out of town. So we were left with a void to complete this epic series.
How disappointing! Only 20 more matches or so and a winner would be revealed. Truthfully, a free dinner was a fairly small prize for how much winning needed to be done to get to the finish line.
So now on to 2012, and in steps a new partner and a new match. With our eyes set on a smaller number we have 1 win down in our chase to 25 wins. Hopefully this time regular life will allow us to complete the series and crown the ‘dinner is served’ champion!
So we held our first rook tournament of 2011 this past week. What a great day it was. We had 8 people playing and there was of course food and treats along side.
After warming up with a game of Settlers of Catan while we waited for everyone to show up, the tournament began. Quite a simple tournament actually. Single elimination and each match went to 500. So team 1 played team 2 while team 3 played team 4 and then winners played winners and losers played losers.
If you have never been able to set up a tournament, may I ask why? I have to say that playing a rook tournament is the perfect way to have a game night. As long as you have:
- At least 8 people to make the tournament worth while
- At least 1 to 2 hours to complete the entire tournament
- 2 nice decks of rook cards
- a group of players that are all of the same skill level
As far as the outcome…well, lets just say it wasn’t my partner’s and my night. It was one of those nights that every time you stretched your bidding hoping that the kitty was going to at least help a little, the kitty completely messed you over. And every time your opponents would go all out on a risky bid, their partner would have the exact cards they needed to bail them out. Not to mention the few rounds where my partner and I couldn’t even get close to taking a trick because our opponents had every single high card in the deck.
Yeah, I am little bitter at the hands we got 🙂
No worries though, I am sure the next go around is going to be better.
Let me know your thoughts if you have ways to spice up a rook tournament someway. We haven’t ventured out into the team trading realm yet, but I am sure that would be a major switch.