Played Glory to Rome on Friday night, spur of the moment thing. I had a new game with me (it arrived that day), but we took one look at it and thought “nup” (game was Underwater Cities). And I won GtR – got a Forum win (you win if you have one of each card type as clientele). My mate loves GtR, but spends most of his time in NSW, so we dont get many chances to play anything. He likes the ridiculous combos in GtR, more than actually winning.
Saturday, we had our usual game of Gloomhaven , but it was an epic game. We had a scenario where you have to protect prisoners from the enemy. We lost one of our characters about 75% of the way thru, and lost an ally that the scenario gives you. We figured we would never make it thru, but got to the last room, and the last enemy. Who then killed a prisoner, which would fail the mission. But then realised we could give up a card to negate the damage, and killed the enemy in the same turn. And there was much rejoicing.
Also played Tiny Towns , twice. I can see why its got such a good buzz already. Its very quick, easy to learn, but a good challenge. I did awfully on my first game (finished with 4 points), then played a bit better to win the second game. Unused cubes on your board are removed at the end of the game, and each empty space then counts as a negative point. It gets pretty tense in the last rounds.
Played Res Arcana , first play. Another quick game, you get dealt 8 cards, and the choice of 2 mages to build some sort of an engine to create points, first to 10 points wins. There are five different resources to gather and turn into points. Each card has a resource cost to play, but then gives you powers to use. You can also take Places of Power, which have their own abilities and VP value (most give you VP for certain resources) , and monument cards. We played the recommended first time rules, where you get a mage and matching cards for your initial hand. So you go around, playing actions, playing cards, tapping cards, until someone has 10 points. I didnt like it as much as I thought I would.
Last game of the night was Songbirds, and we played this twice too. Very very quick game. You put out random point values into 5 columns and 5 rows, then draw a card for the middle position. Each player gets a hand of cards (for 3p you get 9 cards). And all you do is play a card from your hand next to an existing card. Each card can be one of 4 different bird colours, with values from 1 thru 7. When a row or column is filled, the type of bird with the highest value gets the points token. You will be left with a single card, and you add its total to the points token for that bird type. So, if you last card was a Blue 4, and Blue had tokens for 10 and 12 points, your total would be 26. Very very easy to play, but you have to think, and try and keep your options open for as long as possible. Its now my third game about birds (with Wingspan and Pietmatz). The artwork is just beautiful.