One of our biggest turnouts this week, and a number of new faces again. Seems like word is getting out and new blood is joining our ranks. Uncharacteristically, a decisive start to the night occurred as a number of people knew what they wanted to play, and 2-3 tables were set up and going before even 6pm.
Bill, Joe, Maryeve and I started the night playing Ophir. A beautiful looking worker placement game where you build a multi-layered temple. Bill said it reminded him of a less random version of Jamaica (and a little more complex). The game components looked great and the card stock on the temple pieces were some of the thickest pieces I've ever seen in a game. The rules are fairly straight forward allowing the play to move quickly from one player to the next. IIRC Joe won the game with MaryEve a very close second. Bill and I battled it out for 3rd and fourth position. A game I would definitely play again. Thanks to Joe for the game and rules explanation.
Last week was a night-long TerraMystica; this week was a 4p night-long game of Archipelago with Dave, Jonathan, and Danny. The game was an interesting action selection game with each player having limited information of end game VP conditions. I found something about the game a bit off; the design of its mechanics just didn't flow as smoothly as I'd like, and the pacing of them game a bit weird. As a group we weren't sure if it was because we had gotten some rules wrong or were playing the game strategically wrong. The game ended in a 3-way 7 VP tie with Jonathan winning the money tie-breaker over Danny.
Other games that made it to the tables: BattleLore, Kingsburg, and Dead of Winter.
(Thank you Jana for the great photos)
We are a small club of avid board gamers, who meet every Thursday in south Kanata to see who can claim the most VPs.