Gloomhaven , replayed the scenario we failed last week, and succeeded this time, without any major dramas. I think we just got a bit unlucky last time.
Fuji , first play of this, which is a cooperative dice rolling game, by Wolfgang Warsch, who has designed some very well known and popular games (The Mind, Quacks of Quedlingburg, Ganz Schon Clever). The players are trying to escape the volcano of Mt Fuji. The board is made up by laying out land cards according to a random setup card. Then players can move one, two, or three spaces on their turn. It seems straightforward enough, and easy enough to reach safety before the lava catches up with you. But each space has a dice requirement. And you need to have a higher total then both of your neighbours, or you’ll fail to move, and lose stamina. And you can only communicate in general terms, you cant say “I have 3 fives” or anything. Its pretty quick to play, and theres a fair bit of luck involved (its dice rolling after all). Good fun tho.
Lost Cities Rivals , first play. Dead easy to play, you have 2 choices: draw a card, or start an auction. You’re trying to layout cards in ascending order, and there are special offering cards that will double, triple, quadruple etc the value of your other cards for that expedition. Its easy to learn, simple to play, and good fun. I had a bit of trouble remembering which cards had been thrown out (when you win an auction, you can take any number of cards, leave any number in the display, and remove just one from the game). Maybe next time we’ll keep the discard showing somewhere.
Oaxaca: Crafts of a Culture , first play. Its another dice rolling game. You take handicraft cards and put them in your workshop, along with craft cubes. Then you use the same symbol to remove cubes from any cards of that type. Once all the cubes are removed, the card is built, and can provide a power or symbol (depending on the craft type). Its a pretty quick game, only 3 rounds, and you have five dice. Its all over a bit quick really. It wasnt a terrible game, but it didnt really grip me.
Quacks of Quedlingburg , always fun.