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Today's post is about something near and dear to my heart. Uno. I love this game, have since I was young. My love for Uno has only increased in recent years since I started playing it on X-Box Live. It's the first Arcade title I bought and I still play it. But while playing today I was reminded of what I DON'T like about it. So I'm going to school the few of you who read this so that you don't irritate your friends and loved ones when playing Uno with them.
I consider myself a decent Uno player. I have a modicum of strategy to my game. But when I play with people who have NO experience playing then their first instinct is to play all their face cards first. Because they have a draw two, draw four, skip or reverse they play those first because hey, it's more interesting than playing a number card right? The problem is this. By getting rid of all the face cards early (usually by dumping them on me) they don't save any for when the person to their left or right has Uno and is one card from victory. They have nothing but numbered cards to play instead of dropping a draw two on the opponent and keeping the game going. So essentially bad playing beats good playing. Which would seem like the bad playing was actually good playing and that the 'face cards first' approach was better. Except that playing that way rarely results in victory for the player who played the face cards. Bad players help each other win by being bad.
So that's my pet peeve with Uno, a game I love. Two other pet peeves (primarily with e-Uno) is players who don't pay attention to their opponents, only when it's their turn. So the person to the left of them can't play and so draws a card. They draw a Draw Four and play it. The person who wasn't paying attention challenges a DRAWN Draw Four. Dumb.
And lastly, play fast. Don't sit there making us wait while you skype with your dumb boyfriend or pose your Chia Pets in risque manner. Play fast!