January 2020 CFAR played this game extensively, although we played with 8+ people instead of the recommended 4. Took a while to get past even level 1 because of the amount of synchronization required. We also didn’t play with stars or lives.
I can second the feeling of close calls being amazing. To quote someone I played with, “this is the most excited I’ve ever felt.”
Here are some haiku-ish things that I wrote that attempted to capture the experience of playing.
Someone has blue eyes. 100 days pass. I have mud on my forehead.
The absence of counting. A groan of disappointment. The jabber didn’t jab.
Moments accumulate. A flurry of plays. The sound of a jab.
Arms creeping forward. Sequentially numbered cards. A hum of satisfaction.
A standoff begins. Arms creeping forward. Signalling intensifies.
Counting begins. Moments properly measured. Victory condenses.
CFAR workshop survey. The mind is a good game. There were also classes.