Today, we played
A couple of 2p games of Drop It while we waited for another friend to arrive. It’s a seemingly simple game of dropping various coloured shapes into an upright game board. You score points for the highest level your shape reaches, but get no points if you’re touching another piece of the same colour or shape. And they sometimes settle in unexpected (and usually bad) ways. Very entertaining for a quick 10 or 15 minutes.
Then we played Arraial, which apparently is the name for a Portuguese street celebration. The gameplay is basically Tetris. 3 different pieces are available each turn. You have 3 action points, and it costs 1 point to use a piece and drop it on your board. It also costs a point to spin all three pieces around, so you can get the shape you want. If you touch two pieces of the same colour, you get a meeple. If you have the most of one colour (in a single area), then you get a double meeple. If you fill in a line, the bar on the top of your playing board moves up, and you get a white meeple. At the end of rounds 1 and 2 (there are 3 rounds), the bar drops down 2 places, making it harder. Anytime the bar catches up with your played pieces – you lose the bar, plus any meeples that were on it. It’s fairly light, good fun.
Next was Crown of Emara, a game with not one, but two rondels. You have two boards (that a randomly made up). The countryside has collection of 4 resources: grain, stone, cloth, and wood. The other board is the town, which also has 4 sections: Castle, Cathedral, Construction, and Market. You have a deck of 9 cards, and you draw 3 each turn. Half the cards gain you a resource, the other are special abilities. You have a mini board with 3 spaces, so you place a card in one of the slots, which also allows you to move 1, 2 or 3 spaces. You can take the movement on either the countryside board, or the town board.
Its a pretty quick game (relatively speaking), you go thru your cards twice (so 3 turns in a round, and 6 rounds). The scoring is interesting – you have 2 score markers. And your final score is the less of the two. I screwed up my game totally, was doing a move I wasn’t able to, and I know I did it more than once before it was pointed out. Doh!
Then we played another game of Teotihuacan