Games Night 24th January 2022

Four of us again meeting up remotely vie Board Game Arena.
With one of our number running a bit late, we thought we’d start with:

from Kosmos.
However, I had to have my computer rebuilt due to a dead graphics card so had to log into everything again, and couldn’t remember passwords, etc. etc. etc. By the time I had finished faffing we were all present. We played the game anyway.
This was my second time playing it, and there is a lot going for this game. It’s biggest hang-up is that your actions really are at the mercy of the other players, but you can befuddle them as much as they do you.
Final scores:
Emily: 38
Malcolm: 36
Paul: 42
Phil: 30
Well done Paul, but there wasn’t very much in it.

Next Emily introduced us to:

from Underdog Games.
She explained the general rules and off we went across the globe, having forgotten some of the key rules.
I think I knew what I was doing this time and would like to give this game another go.
Final scores:
Emily: 84
Malcolm: 63
Paul: 58
Phil: 87
Phil travelled in style, though Emily wasn’t that far behind. Paul lost his luggage somewhere.

To finish off the evening we returned to:

from 7 Wonders: Architects
This is quite different to the original 7 Wonders game but has the same look and feel to it. Lite, without being without substance.
Final scores:
Emily: 36
Malcolm: 38
Paul: 46
Phil: 43
Another victory for Paul. I was third for the third time this evening – at least I’m consistent.
Another great evening of games!

Games Night 17th January 2022

Four of us this week, once again via Board Game Arena
Due to a chronic case of indecision, we finally settled on:

from Space Cowboys
With a lot of expensive first cards, it took a little while to get going. The game came to the inevitable conclusion when Paul attained the 15 points and, being last player, immediately ended the game.
Final scores:
Emily: 11 (broke tie for second place having purchased less cards)
Malcolm: 11
Paul: 18
Phil: 9
Well done Paul, commiserations to Phil.
Next up we introduced Paul to:

from Rio Grande Games
Emily kindly explained the rules to Paul and we go going setting up that all-important postal service.

The final scores demonstrate just how much better Emily understood the rules than the rest of us…
Emily: 24
Malcolm: 7
Paul: 8
Phil: 6
Well done Emily, getting more than everyone else combined.
Commiserations again to Phil. Better luck next time.
Thanks again to everyone for a great evening.

Games Night 10th January 2022

Happy New Year to one and all.

Apologies for being a little lax on my game night wrap-ups, but I got a bit behind, then further, then I was going to do a big half-year summary, then I thought, nah.

But, I intend to do better this year, and have a lot of gaming content planned. We’ll see what happens…

Anyway, let’s get cracking!

Three of us met up virtually via Board Game Arena and we played a bunch of smaller games, starting off with 2 games of:

by Space Cowboys.
Paul won the first game with 19 points with Malcolm getting 2nd place with 12 then Emily with 9.
Malcolm won the second game with 20 points with Emily in 2nd with with 14 and Paul being in the top three with 13.

Next up was:

From Repos Production.
This was the second time at least we had all played this simplified iteration of 7 Wonders. It’s got enough variety to the original to be it’s own thing but still feels true to the original. I’m curious to see what the components are like IRL.
Emily laboured on Alexandria
Malcolm had the Halicarnassos
Paul worked on Rhodos

Anyway, Malcolm was the one to complete his monument and thus end the game with the final scores being:
Emily: 33
Malcolm: 43
Paul: 50
Paul got a lots of points from his military.

Next up was:

From Catch Up Games.
Only the second time I’ve played this set-collecting card game and it was clearly enough, because I was the first to acquire six different bird species.

To end the evening we played:

From Blue Cocker
We played with the Christmas Lights expansion for the first time. A less-stressful one that the Ice Cream expansion I found.
Final scores:
Emily: 126
Malcolm: 94
Paul: 94
A cracking score by Emily and a surprising draw for the boys.
A great evening, everyone won something.