February started with a game of Go against Juho. 19×19, I played white and gave one stone handicap. It was over fairly quick; Juho resigned after my trick plays broke his defense and a large group of my stones (over 20) that began with no life suddenly got very secure life. It would’ve been fairly easy to prevent, but I did all that I could to confuse the situation. It was dirty, but also my only chance to invade an otherwise well-protected territory.
Next up was a game of Flaschenteufel. Juho got his revenge, winning this time even though I scored tons of points during the last two rounds. It was fun, I took the bottle only once during the four rounds. This time we had four players, I’d say the game is equally brilliant with three or four.
Then it was time for a rare treat: Sticheln with more than three players! It was very interesting… We had time for only three rounds, but that was action enough. First round was pretty nice — nobody got hurt badly. In the second round, it was my time to suffer. I took in something like 30 points of misery cards. Oops. Well, that was nothing. The last round was a massacre. First of all — three of us took the same misery colour. I was one of them, but fortunately avoided taking misery cards. Ilari and Ari shared the green cards… It looked like Juho got out of it without getting hurt, but I think it was the second to last trick when he got 21 misery points. Oops. The result was pretty surprising: I won!
That was great fun and while I still appreciate Sticheln as a very close and exciting three-player game, I should definitely play more games with more players.