Charity Challenge Week 4 - Night 1

Welcome back to the O’Sullivan Charity Challenge, where we’re playing board games every day this month with the goal of raising funds and awareness for CAMH, Toronto’s largest mental health provider.

If you’d like to donate you can do so here. Thank you to everyone who has donated so far – we really appreciate your support. We’re at $200 of our $500 goal and would love your help getting to our goal!

Apologies for the delay getting the blog up! We’re about 3 days ahead in terms of games vs the blog right now and I’m sorry about that. We’re prioritizing staying on track with the challenge and I’ll do what I can to keep the blog up to date.

The Choice

This could be the deciding week of the challenge – we start Week 4 with myself up 2 weeks to 1. Rachel is starting off picking games for the week as she lost last week and she’s decided to pick one of our favourite games – Jaipur

The Game

In Jaipur two players face off trading cards from their hand with 5 face up cards or turn in sets of cards for points.  Players need to balance building up bigger sets (that are worth more points) with getting bonuses for being earlier trading in any given set of cards (the scores for given types of goods/cards decrease as people trade in for them).  It’s a quick playing game played that is tense, playing out over a best of three format.  If you’d like to learn more about Jaipur check out this video.

The Result

We’re playing a best of 3 of Jaipur tonight. This game is fairly 50/50 for us and it’s usually very close, and so it went tonight.

Game 1 I came out of the gates strong, picking up some of the bigger point sets right from the go. Rachel fought back and managed to close the gap but the game ended 83 to 79 in my favour.

Game 2 was a super tense battle. Rachel played very hard and looked like she had it. However in the end I snagged the “most camels” bonus token and it won me the game. That mistake cost Rachel the game and I took the win 76 to 75.

Rachel was furious to lose with such fine margins and fair enough. The hallmark of this year’s charity challenge has been super close games and Rachel is going to fight to get some of those close games to break in her favour.