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Sunday we hosted our friends Glenn W., Grant G., and W.J.G. for three games. We opened with 7 Wonders, in which Glenn and I ended up in an arms race. That motivated Grant and W.J. (our respective neighbors) to give up almost entirely on military advances, which in turn allowed Kathy (who had the Lighthouse at Alexandria) to gain a significant number of military victory points. But the lion's share of her points came from strong scientific advances in combination with the Scientists Guild, to win the game.
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Today we spent the last afternoon of the kids' summer vacation with a family game of Probe (Parker Brothers, 1964), that old stand-by that never seems to get stale. Kathy's word, reciprocal, was completed first despite failed attempts to guess it prematurely with the Interruptive Rule by both myself (regimental) and our 11-year-old (residential). But the 11-year-old got completely inside the brain of his 16-year-old brother and guessed his word xenobiology with eight cards still face-down - an unheard-of feat. The teenager returned the favor, however, by guessing three straight blanks (a very risky move) to expose his younger brother's word at. That left my word, which remained unguessed largely because everyone mistakenly believed that they had already tried the letters 'c' and 'r.' So I won with crying, even though the last three letters had been exposed very early in the game.
So Labor Day weekend was properly celebrated with a lot of fellowship, family, and gaming. We can now face the school year knowing that we made the most of the summer.