Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, 8th August, at the Horse and Jockey pub in Stanford-in-the-Vale. As usual, we will be playing shorter games from 7.30pm as people arrive, until 8pm when we will start something a little longer.
This week the “Feature Game” will be Honshū, a light trick-taking, map-building card game loosely set in feudal Japan. Players are lords and ladies of noble houses seeking new lands and opportunities for fame and fortune. This is a clever little card game where manipulating player order is crucial to success.
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And talking of Japan…
In the time of the Samurai there was a powerful Emperor who needed a new head Samurai so he sent out a declaration throughout the country that he was searching for one. A year passed and only three people showed up.
The Emperor asked the first Samurai to come in and demonstrate why he should be head Samurai. The first Samurai opened a match box and out popped a little fly. With one flick of his sword, the fly dropped dead on the ground in two pieces.
The Emperor exclaimed, “That is very impressive!”
The Emperor then asked the second Samurai to come in and demonstrate his skill. The second Samurai also opened a match box and out popped a fly. The Samurai’s sword moved so fast the Emperor couldn’t see it as the fly dropped dead on the floor in four pieces.
The Emperor exclaimed, “That is really very impressive!”
The Emperor then had the third Samurai in to demonstrate why he should be the head Samurai. The third Samurai also opened a match box and out popped a fly. His flashing blade moved around the room faster and longer than the previous applicants and a gust of wind filled the room, but the fly was still alive and buzzing around.
The Emperor, obviously disappointed, asked, “After all of that, why is the fly not dead?”
The third Samurai bowed deeply and smiled, “If you look closely, you’ll see that the fly has been circumcised!”