Games Night 10th May 2021

Four of us on this virtual gaming week, again via Board Game Arena.

We picked Kingdom Builder (Queen Games).

Malcolm did his best to appraise everyone of the rules and then lots of little virtual wooden houses were virtually placed on a virtual board to score actual points.

Final scores:

Malcolm Matt Paul Phil
Fishermen 9 10 20 8
Merchents 20 0 16 8
Knights 24 14 26 10
Castle 6 3 3 12
Total 59 27 65 38

Well done Paul, what a decent score there, less so Matt…

Confident we knew what we were doing we played another round.

The end result:

Malcolm Matt Paul Phil
Miners 23 14 10 4
Knights 28 12 24 22
Lords 24 18 18 12
Castle 9 9 9 9
Total 84 53 61 47

Crused it with a proper score!
This is a game that can benefit from being virtual in that it shows all the legal placements and helps with the end game scoreing.

7 Wonders (Repos Production) next

The card drafting thing happened until it stopped at the end of the game.

Final scores:

Malcolm Matt Paul Phil
Conflict -5 7 15 5
Money/3 8 3 5 0
Wonder 10 10 10 10
Civilian 18 15 5 3
Science 0 0 0 38
Commerce 7 0 4 0
Guild 8 16 0 0
Total 46 51 39 56

A strong win by Phil.

Another great evening of games, thanks guys!

Games Night 29th March 2021

Six of us for this virtual week!

We thought we’d try our hand at Al Hambra (Queen Games)

We got our money cards and play commenced.
We all built something.
And scored something:

Emily Malcolm Matt Paul Phil Ruthie
86 56 58 62 75 56

A decent win for Emily there.

Next up we played Seven Wonders (Repos Production)

Cards were played, money changed hands and armies did their thing.

Final scores:

Emily Malcolm Matt Paul Phil Ruthie
CONFLICT 2 -3 6 16 1 6
COINS 2 3 1 8 10 6
WONDER 0 10 7 10 10 10
CIVILIAN 13 6 19 6 22 23
SCIENCE 13 5 0 4 4 0
COMMERCE 5 3 3 3 4 0
GUILD 14 8 22 0 0 6
Total 51 32 58 47 51 51

Matt’s civilisation for the win!

Finally we played Downforce (Restoration Games)

After the bidding, we owned some cars:

Emily (Determined): Blue
Malcolm (Aggressive): Orange
Matt (Tricky): Green
Paul (Cunning): Red
Phil (Strategic): Yellow
Ruthie (Unpredictable): Black

The end of the race looked a bit like this:

A solid win for Phil!!!

Games Night 12th March 2020

It has finally happened! I’ve hosted an actual games night for the first time since moving to Aylesbury. Woohoo!
Anyway, enough of that, let’s get right to it.
Three of us this week as we were joined by Don.
He brought with him

by Donald X. Vaccarino and published by Queen Games
This is a game I’ve seen played and have enjoyed the app. I was wary of this one thinking it might be a bit clunky with all the components. Now don’t get me wrong, some of my favourite games have an insane quantity of bits, but they all work together nicely. With Kingdom Builder, it’s just tonnes of wooden houses.
Thankfully, my concerns were rectified and it was a very enjoyable experience… and the damn thing’s now on my wish list.
The available powers were: Stables, Farm, Oasis & Tower.
The Goals were:


Sabirna (Orange) kicked off and instantly claimed a city. Malcolm (White) went for the Farm and Don (Blue) acquired an Oasis. Sabrina then got hold of a Stable, Tower and second City while Don managed a second Oasis a Stable and a Farm. Malcolm found a city.

Don was the first, and only, player to place all his houses this starting the end of the game, which ended soon after.

In the end, the scores were pretty close with Don dominating much of the board. However, Malcolm benefited by the Citizens goal by having just one large settlement.
Final scores:

Sabrina: 57
Don: 63
Malcolm: 65

To finish off, we introduced Don to:

by Stefan Field and published by Ravensburger

After explaining the rules and what all the tiles do we got on with building our city districts up.
The end came when the game finished.
Despite not really knowing what he was doing and forgetting entirely about the frame goals, Don built up an impressively-sized villa getting the maximum points for his 11+ chimneys.

Final scores:
Sabrina: 74
Don: 80
Malcolm: 92

Such a great evening and I’m not just saying that because I won everything.