Games Played

The B-day game party is over, and lots of fun was had!

Romeo & Julia – Zack and Rob were the first two through the door.  They agreed to try this rare game by Jean du Poel.  The artwork is nice, the theme is cool, and none of us really understood what we were trying to do.  After one hand several others showed up, so went on to the next game.  But it got me thinking about this game, and with some time today, I reworked the rules into something I feel may be a bit more comprehensible.  So I will be looking for some new recruits to try this again, but next time as a 4-p game.

Heimlich & Co. – Seven of us played, and I thought the session went right well.  I like these older Euros where everyone can learn the game in a few moments, and the fun plays out right quick.

Turmbau zu Babel (Tower of Babel) – I taught the game, but had to take a phone call.  By the time I got back, (relieving Peggy, who also needed to take the call) the game was in a sorry state.  Apparently I hadn’t made the rules clear to folks, because half the players ended up unable to advance to scoring positions.  Too bad, I think this is a nice game, but I bet most folks won’t be too keen to try it again.

Carabande – More people were arriving, and folks wanted to play together.  So a quick 1-lap circuit of Carabande was in order.  Always fun.

Steam Park – Rob brought this new game.  I found it was quite enjoyable.  Players build fanciful theme parks, and have to manage the operation, attract the right visitors, etc.  It is a nice light management game.

Nur Peanuts! – 6 of us played this because it was relatively short, and we were trying to intersect with the other game table that was going.  We ended up running a bit long, and missed the intersection.  But the game was fun.

Dicke Kartoffeln (Thick Potatoes) – An older and heavier Euro about the management of potato farming.  This was a demanding game that really punished the players with adversity and featured a lot of careful accounting.  In other words, I loved it.

Timber – A big crew reassembled after our grilled dinner, and 8 of us ended up playing Timber, another Jean du Poel game.  We took on the role of Canadian Lumberjacks and raced across a stream full of logs, chopped our trees and then raced back to the opposite shore to prove who was the mightiest lumberjack of them all.  Turns out it was Rowan!

Tyranno Ex – Yep we got er played.  One player squeaked before we could end the game, but we played about 3/4 of the game.  Great fun.  I hope to play again soon.


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