Wednesday night gaming
Thought I'd post a quick session report. Michael, Jon and I met at Patrick's for some gaming. The idea was to play Goa, since the game is going on ebay and I wanted to play at least once before selling it off, but I didn't feel like plowing through the rules and teaching a new game.
So, we started off with Patrick's new game "Heaven and Hell." Actually, I am not sure what the name of it is... I have to admit, I am not the game's biggest fan, but it's growing on me. I enjoyed it a little more this time around. Hopefully Patrick will be able to fine tune it enough that it's fun right out of the box.
Next, we played a game of For Sale. I think this may be my favorite filler. The game itself lasts about 15-20 minutes. It's basically two phases. First phase you bid openly on numbered cards. Second phase you bid blindly on dollar amounts, bidding with the cards you won in the first round. I think Jonathan won.
Next was Condotierre. I really enjoyed this game. Basically, you use a hand of 10 cards to battle for Italian cities. First person to win three connecting cities wins the game. Cards are not renewed until only one player has cards remaining. First there is hand management to think about. Then there is the strategy of knowing which battles to enter and which ones to pass on, saving your cards for future battles. There were times when you had to enter a battle even though it didn't help you, to prevent someone else from winning the city.
We played three games. I can't remember the winners -- I just know I was 0-3. I also know I made several serious strategic errors. Games were short but full of strategy. Plus, there was just enough player interaction (table talk is allowed) that even Patrick gave the game good marks. Patrick screwed me once by promising to play his winter card (which makes the value of all mercenary cards 1). I changed my strategy but then he didn't play the winter card and Jonathan won the city on his next turn and eventually the game. Very fun game...
I had to work the next day so I left, but the three stooges stayed behind to play some more games. One of them will have to post here to let me know what I missed out on...