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.

Tuesday 30 September 2014

Games Played 24 September 2014

14 this week, split over 4 tables playing Power Grid, Lords of Waterdeep, Macao, San Juan, Suburbia and Coal Baron (for the first time). Also in that list was a game listed as Santiago, which I have listed as Santiago de Cuba, which has been played a few times recently, but it has occurred to me that it might actually be Santiago which is a game in its own right, perhaps someone could confirm for me which is correct. A little more info on games played follows.

Power Grid was played on the UK map using the big deck and the Transformer Station promo. We have been playing this game a lot lately in an endeavour to play as many different maps as possible during the year. We now have 3 of the existing boards to go (France, Japan & Baden-Wuttemberg) plus the new deluxe maps due around Essen time.

Power Grid is a wonderful game which usually delivers a tense and enjoyable gaming experience, but I'm finding that there is only so much you can write about it so I'll settle for the fact that Simon won, I made a mistake in the penultimate round by expanding too far and left myself in first place, the only plants available to increase capacity were coal plants and it was apparent that the coal supply was not going to be sufficient to power such a plant so I had to pass and settle for my 3rd second place out of 3 games of this this month (for full disclosure I should say that I am by no means sure if I could have won even without passing). Bob too third as Jonathan could not fire his existing 25 plant (+transformer).

After that Simon and I got together with Mark W for a game of San Juan.

As I left, the game of Macao was still going on and I thought it seemed to have been a long game but I had missed the fact that this group had alread played Suburbia.

Full results

Coal Baron - 90 Mins.
1Chris S101
Power Grid - 120 Mins.
2Dave D15
4Jonathan M12
Lords of Waterdeep - 160 Mins.
1James S184
2Mark W160
3Mark R146
Santiago de Cuba - 60 Mins.
4Chris S21
Macao - 120 Mins.
2Dave F61
San Juan - 45 Mins.
1Mark W45
3Dave D33
Suburbia - 75 Mins.
2Dave F-

Full details for September 2014
Monthly list at BGG for September 2014


  1. I got to play 2 main course games this week. I like Suburbia more with each playing. Macao is a typical "Stefan Feld" creation. We really need to settle on one of his games and give it some plays to try and get more out of the game play than mearly scrapping the surface. I suspect Macao could easily hold my interest for dozens of plays though I doubt it will hit the table more than a couple more times before it gets drowned out by the new hotties. Shame cus its brill.

  2. Notre Dame with the expansion cards is the only Feld I feel the need to own. It's pretty good, and I like the drafting aspect. Curiously, I played my second game of Power Grid since leaving the West Midlands last week, using the UK board. I can't say that I missed it. Coal Baron is very good though, one of the better games of last year.

  3. Yes it was Santiago de Cuba. I enjoyed Coal Baron and would happily play again, nothing wildly original but neatly designed and about the right game length for the depth of strategy.