Games played Dec 07

The toughest month for me in the year because of my professional commitments. But the arrival of Mohan from Oz also helps in a lot of 4 player gaming especially. But still a low month I should say.

Settlers & TTR: Switzerland – 5 plays

LOTR: The Confrontation, Mammoth Hunters, San Juan, Struggle for Rome & T&T:Power & Glory – 4 plays each.  Of these I play LOTR a lot with Sushanth. The only problem is that he insists on playing only the dark side. So atleast I have a good chance to try different strategies. He has picked up the game and plays it well. Mammoth Hunters was finally opened and played. A very very good game with a lot of fun and nastiness. After many many plays of 2p San Juan we played some 3 p games. It plays wonderfully well and all the games were very close. I seem to be preferring this to PR more these days. Struggle for Rome was the other new game. A bit long but a solid Settlers spin off. Seems to lack the nastiness that Elasund but a very good game nevertheless. The length which is longer than our normal 30-45 minute mark is stopping us from getting more plays in at the moment.

Memoir ’44 – 3 plays – Another new entrant this month. Nice and fun game. Sushanth loves it but will play the Allies only at the moment. We just played the Pegasus Bridge scenario without the special cards. I want more of this in the coming months. Hopefully I can get Aarthi to play this more often.

New England – 2 plays – We got to play this after a year and it still is fresh and interesting.

10 days in Africa, Cleo and the SOE, Elasund, Fist of Dragonstones, For Sale, Hare & Tortoise, Mystery Rummy, Power Grid: Benelux/CE, Seafarers of Catan, Through the Desert & TTR USA 1910 – 1 play each. 

Games Played – November 07

The December music season takes its toll and I just could not get myself to sit and update. Anyway the hit game for November 07 was TTR – Switzerland with 11 plays. Fist of Dragonstones is now our favorite 4 palyer family game and there were 6 plays. Our staple diet of 2 player  San Juan continued with 3 plays and 3 plays of  Settlers as well. Cartagena, Elasund, King Me, LOTR: The Confrontation, Thurn & Taxis and T&T Power and Glory all saw 2 plays each. 10 days in Africa, Cleo and the SOA, Coloretto, Get the Goods, Mystery Rummy Jack the Ripper, Princes of Florence, Puerto Rico, Thebes and Union Pacific - 1 play each.

Games played – October 07

Firstly I hardly had time to sit and post this. Not a great month but 1 definite hit game I should say.

Fist of Dragonstones – 7 plays The game of the month. It plays superb especially with 4. Can get a little drawn out with more. But kids understand and take to the game fast. I introduced it to a couple of boys aged 13 and 11 who had never played these games and they loved it. Sushanth picked it up very fast and Shreyasi also enjoyed it.

Power Grid – 3 plays I think they were all 2 player games. OK but definitely better with more.

10 Days in Africa, Oasis, San Juan, Settlers, Thebes, Thurn & Taxis, Thurn & Taxis Power & Glory expansion, TTR 1910 USA & Zooloretto – 2 plays each. A variety of games played. Thebes was really good and fun. Have played only 2 player and want to play with more.

Bohnanza, Caesar & Cleopatra, Carcassonne, Cartagena,  Cleo & the SOA, Elasund, For Sale, Get the goods, Hare & Tortoise, High Society, Mr Jack, Mystery Rummy Jack the Ripper & Pwer Grid Italy/France – 1 play each.

Overall a lot of games played but lesser number of plays. November also has not been that great so far. But plays will get up pretty soon as the month ends and December starts. Some new games really need to be played. Unfortunately no one wants to read up the rules and teach me. So I have to find the time to do it.

Games played – September 07

25 plays – 10 Days in Africa – The no 1 game for the month. Plays very fast, lots of fun and plays great with 2 also.

6 plays – High Society & Mr Jack - Finally we are getting a hang of Mr Jack and I like it a lot now.

5 plays – Settlers of Catan – The Fishermen of Catan – Plain vanillaSettlers shines with 3 but gets a little crowded with 4. So rather than play Seafarers, this new expansion Fishermen of Catan gives it great balance and fun.

3 plays – Cleopatra & the Society of Architects, Oasis, Princes of Florence & Thurn and Taxis - Cleo is a superb light family game and the components are some of the I have seen in my limited collection. Oasis is like a lighter form of New England but Sushanth has taken to that game well.

2 plays – Coda, Elasund, Get the Goods, Lost Cities & San Juan 

1 play each – Bohnanza, Caesar & Cleopatra, Cartagena, Crazy Chicken, Fist of Dragonstones, Frank’s Zoo, Mystery Rummy: Jack the Ripper,  Queen’s Necklace, Settlers of Catan, Thurn and Taxis: Power & Glory, Ticket to Ride: Marklin, Ticket to Ride: 1910 USA

Overall a few new games opened and played were the highlights of the month.

Games Played – August 07

A total of 34 different games played. Some new games were opened and played too.

TTR: USA 1910 is back at the top with 6 plays this month.

Settlers and Elasund  have 5 plays each.  Elasund was great fun. Varadu has also learnt it and it has been a  great step up from Settlers. After a couple of 4p plays I’d say it plays best with 4. With 3 I would still prefer plain vanilla Settlers.

Mystery Rummy Jack the Ripper, San Juan & Thurn & Taxis: Power & Glory  - 3 plays each. Our typical 2p sessions.

Cartagena, Coda, Get the Goods, Thurn & Taxis – 3 plays each. Get the Goods is great to play with Sushanth also liking and asking for it more often.

Cleopatra & the Society of Architects, King Me!, Crazy Chicken, Princes of Florence – 2 plays each. Cleopatra is an excellent fun family game. People catch on to the rules quite fast. And there is so much eye candy value every time you -play the game. Really makes me want to get the entire Days of Wonder series of published games now.

Balloon Cup, Bohnanza, Caesar and Cleopatra, Carcassonne, Category 5, Diamant, Dragon Delta, For Sale, High Society, Lost Cities, Queen’s Necklace,
Samurai, The Fishermen of Catan, That’s Life!    , Thebes, Ticket to Ride: Märklin Edition, TransEuropa, Vampire, Winner’s Circle, Zooloretto
- 1 play each

Some new games arrive

It is always interesting to get new games. So the ones that came in this month – Queen’s Necklace, Fist of Dragonstones, Cleopatra and the Society of Architects, Fishermen of Catan, Puerto Rico expansion buildings and Jenseits von Theben. A couple more should come in the next two days. So another exciting month of gaming that I am looking forward to. Of the above I have only opened Queen’s Necklace & Cleopatra. Should be opening and playing Jenseits tonight.

Games played June 07

Two new games and immediately both get the most plays for the month

Thurn & Taxis: Power & Glory and Zooloretto – 8 plays each
Both games have been thoroughly enjoyable and will see more plays in the coming months.

Dragon Delta – 7 plays
Another new game for the month and the number of plays show how we all enjoyed the game so much. Yesterday we played a 5 player game for the first time, and it was great fun. Especially with 2 kids aged 7 and 8 and three adults. Just when we thought the game might drag on someone finished the game!

Seafarers of Catan – 6 plays
I got Seafarers and our lunch time sessions graduated from Settlers to Seafarers. We played all the 3 player scenarios and it was great.

Ticket to ride: USA 1910 – 4 plays
Have we got tired of it finally? Not really. Some good new games have occupied us.

Get the Goods & Settlers of Catan – 3 plays
Get the Goods is another new game we played this month. I would call it “An intro to Union Pacific.” An engaging game but the scoring is a bit of a pain.

Bohnanza, Caesar & Cleopatra, Cartagena, Elfenland – 2 plays each
C&C was the other new game we played last month. A simple game that gets moving once you start playing. Often compared to Lost Cities, it plays differently and can be a good diversion for couples or 2 player gamers.

Atlantic Star, Carcassonne, Hare & Tortoise, High Society, Power Grid: Benelux/Central Europe, San Juan, Thurn & Taxis – 1 play each

Two game sitting unplayed at home that I really want to try this month are Caylus & Tigris & Euphrates.

Dragon Delta – A good fun game

1. The game was a big hit with a couple of kids aged 6 and 10. Bth wanted to play it again after one play!

2. The game is a typical race game and reminded me of the old Chinese Checkers with the strategic euro element that makes it so much more interesting and fun.

3. The components are well produced though the box just looks a bit big for the amount of stuff in it.

4. The rules are simple and easy and can be explained in 5 minutes.

5. Pawns are moved across the delta based on a series of action cards. Each player chooses five cards out of their hand of action cards and place them face down below simultaneously.

6. The delta is filled with rocks. Stones have to be placed on the rocks, and planks across two stones to create a series of rickety bridges on which the pawn moves.

7. The dragon cards in each player’s hand cancel out the action of another player and adds just that element of nastiness to the game.

8. The other interesting factor is that though the planks are colour coded, this is mainly for the initial placement. There is also a restriction that when one plays, the card that helps one to replenish a plank from the board, you cannot take a similar sized plank that you already have. You can also not hold more than 2 colours of planks.

9. The game is won when the first player moves a pawn to a village on the opposite side of the delta. This again is colour coded in such a way that specific pawns have to move to specific villages in order to win.

10. Overall a good fun game, can be used as a gateway game also, has enough strategic elements to keep everyone interested. The theme also seems to sit very well on the game.

Thurn & Taxis: Power and Glory – Session report

This is a session report I posted on BGG.

I had enjoyed Thurn & Taxis so much ever since it came out. Most of our plays were only 2 player sessions with the wife, but the game was great and after I read somewhere that Alan Moon loved playing it with his wife, we were elated. So when the expansion came out I was keen to get. It came yesterday and I immediately got it out for a 2 player session with the wife. The game essentially plays the same as the original, but the ability to complete routes based on a flexible carriage strength is really clever. Instead of trying to increase the carriage strength as in the original, the focus now is to get rid of all the house by placing them on cities not placed before. There was also a race for the free cities early on, and the new 5 point token on a 8 route meant that we both concentrated on longer routes in the beginning. Strategically, the game offers a choice of going for longer routes across regions to place more houses on the board, and get the larger point tokens. Or you can opt for smaller routes and finish off provinces early. The main difference with the original in terms of game play is this flexibility in approach There seemed to be a streamlined predictability in the original where we constantly had to upgrade carriages and then go for longer routes. Overall a welcome addition to our personal game shelf. Though it may not be worth the cost if you have not enjoyed the original much and played it enough and need a change. PS: I lost the game badly!

Thurn & Taxis and the expansion

I got the new expansion for Thurn & Taxis and immediately we played a 2p session. Firstly I realised that I had played T&T wrongly for so long now. I have completely forgotten to reduce the points for houses not placed onto the board at the end of the game! Thanks to BGG I noticed it only today. anyway coming to the expansion, it is a new board with new cards. The only thing you need from the original game is the houses in the different colours. As someone posted on BGG, you don’t even need the original if you just get the expansion! Personally the expansion provides me with just that different feel and interest for someone who has got bored of the original but liked it a lot. So unless you really loved the original, played a lot, got bored, but would not mind playing the same game with a subtle shift, this expansion is not worth it.


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