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01/05/2004 Archived Entry: "Dinero Desperadoes"
Posted by CKL @ 11:19 AM PST

Last night, DeeAnn and I played Lawless, a game which one of our friends had given us as a holiday gift. Basically, you're a cattle rancher in the Old West, and you play action cards and roll dice to increase your four resources (number of ranges in your ranch, number of cattle herds, number of cowboys in your employ, or amount of gold you own) or to influence an opponent's ranch.

For a game named "Lawless," there was an awful lot of accounting. The endgame involves counting up how many resources you have, and awarding first-, second-, third-, and fourth-place points to the players who have the most of each resource (5 points for 1st place, 3 points for 2nd place, etc.); which seems unnecessarily complex to me, since you could just count how many of each resource every player actually has and use those numbers directly. Shrug.

It's probably more fun with more than two players. Or maybe we could pretend it's set in the Firefly universe...

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