It’s been a while! Over the Christmas and New Year period I played some games, but not too many.
Teotihuacan is still fascinating, and I scored 207 in one of the games. I completed the pyramid about a turn before the 3rd eclipse, but I know it can be accelerated,
Railroad Ink. This is quite quick, but it lost its appeal for me. It’s still lovely and immersive and all of that good stuff, but I find myself reaching for Welcome To instead.
Nusfjord in which I lost my first game for a while, the other two players scored 36 to my 33. It’s tight and offers good choices, but I’m not sure the other two were struck. I’d still love to play it 5-player, as resource contention will be on worker placement spaces rather than wood/fish. I still adore it, and will flop it on the table to anyone who likes a medium Euro.
The Mind Stuttering on this, I can only seem to get to Level 7 on any player count. Something weird happens when you have sequential numbers in hand.
Harry Potter: Deckbuilding Battle at Hogwarts or something I can’t remember the full title, it’s a long one. I played this with the 7yo and he loved it. He got the tactics quickly - “So influence is like trade in Star Realms, got it” and we proceeded to lose heavily in Game 5. Fun times though, we have yet to play game 7 as it has spoilers and I don’t want to ruin the ending for him. The game itself is quite neat, the escalating decks and villains are well matched, but it’s not going to hold the attention of a heavy euro player, for example. Great for what it does and I felt thematic immersion (not a euphemism) so that’s good fun.
Lords of Waterdeep in which 7yo registered his first win by shoving mandatory quests on me every other turn or so. He’s canny. Just like the way he builds away from the main action in Carcassonne just to tie up the scoring for farms.
Agricola: All Creatures Big and Small This is a brainburner, which I didn’t realise when I played it with 7yo. He had fun building fences and collecting sheep, and I couldn’t quite get things together, despite scoring bonuses with all animals. It’s a really good game for two in a pub. Not too much Agricola style blocking either, of course in worker placement your options aren’t always open to you, but it’s how to adapt, and the other options always offer a move for later or immediate benefit. This will definitely be seeing the table more.
Race for the Galaxy In which I lost, but remembered how fun it was.
To paraphrase Bruce Forsyth, good gaming, good gaming.