The Games We Play

The Games We Play

A repository of reports on the Wednesday night sessions of the club and anything else related to the club or boardgaming in general, which may be of interest to anyone who may be passing by.

Wednesday, 14 April 2010

Session Report – 24 March 2010

8 players split over 2 tables. On the one table we had World Without End, which has now moved to the top of the most played game list for the year, edging out Louis XIV. Another win for Steve H.

World Without End 100 mins.

Posn.

Player

Score

1

Steve H

50

2

Colin

45

3

Dave D

44

4

Andrew S

38

After that Steve left and I brought out Vampire again. This game with 3 players, unlike the previous week's 5 ended when I had sets of each colour on the table as opposed to the deck running out of cards. Conveniently both Colin and Andy were tied for second place in the Orange Vamps and so lost them giving me a narrow win. This is a fun little game as an evening closer.

Vampire 20 mins.

Posn.

Player

Score

1

Dave D

27

2

Andrew S

26

3

Colin

12

Over on the other table Steam got another run out, this was Mike's comment when he sent me the scores (looks like it was a very close game).

I really do want to like this game, after Martin Wallace took the ridiculous loans mechanism out of Age of Steam and even chopped the auction which I wasn't too keen on either to make this, but I just can't warm to it.  There's just a bit too much downtime during the tile selection, and it's just a bit too long and dry still - so as you can imagine, adding the stock market to make Barons of Steam doesn't stir my enthusiasm (or make me think it will fit into an evening session).  I find Chicage Express equally baffling at times, but it takes half the time and just seems considerably more fun.

I have to say that Steam/Age of Steam is one (two?) of those games which I will take or leave, that is I wouldn't turn it down if it was all that there was available, but there are others I'd choose in preference. I don't know much about Steam Barons, but the idea of adding the stock market sounds interesting although I don't know about the play time issue. I keep thinking of digging out Rails of Europe again, which sort of forms part of the other side of the triangle with Steam/AoS. If I really wanted to play a goods delivery game though, my first choice would definitely be Canal Mania.

Steam 150 mins.

Posn.

Player

Score

1

Donald

45+

2

Dave F

45

3

Mike

44

4

Andy

38

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