Stephanie and I went out to dinner with Mike Garrett and Amy Jo Schafer last night, and then headed back to our place and got a couple of games in. I pulled out Zooloretto, because how can you go wrong teaching a non-gamer like my wife a game that won the Spiel des Jahres? So I went over the rules and then spent forever digging out one animal type (play this with five players and save yourself some trouble). We all seemed a little out of it, and Mike seemed to be in the most control, with Amy and Stephanie taking a lot more animals than they wanted (especially Amy). I had two type in my barn, when I realized I had a pen I hadn't even used!! In the end, I filled up 3 pens and squeaked out a 2 pt win over my wife. Mike, who had seemed to be in good position throughout the game, actually came in with the low score.
After that, Mike suggested Tichu. I pulled it out and started explaining it, and realized that I've never taught it before. The general mechanics aren't too hard (my wife has played Frank's Zoo, so she had some general sense of ladder games). However, we bypassed explaining the scoring and calling Tichu to make sure Amy and Stephanie had a handle on the general play of the game. After a few hands, everyone seemed to get it, but we never bothered keeping score. I had one Tichu hand, but it turned out, that I wouldn't have got it as my wife had an Ace Bomb that hand. Sheesh.