28th October - Chicago Express & Wind River

First Tuesday after Essen so a lot to choose from. We started with Chicago Express which is the Queen Games reprint of Wabash Cannonball, it looks really nice with a proper board and pieces much better than the original. The game play is exactly the same, which is a good thing. Steve triggered the game end conditions and we were all caught a bit by surprise (except Steve obviously).

The board at the end of the game

It's a really good game, the money flows from the bank to the players and the railroad companies in a very interesting way. I think we'll need to play it several times to get the hang of it.

Richard 69, Steve 57, Jo 53, Garry 47

Then time for a game of Wind River. The idea is to move as many tipis (wigwams) across the finish line at one end of the board.

The rules are really easy to learn, and it looks very nice, there is a bit of analysis paralysis and kingmakering towards the end but not enough to spoil the fun. Very enjoyable.

Richard 4, Garry 3, Steve 2, Jo 2


Anonymous said...

Looking forward to your comments of Steel Driver since at a first glance, it seems similar to Chicago Express. Play it soon and compare. :-)

Garry said...

I played Steel Driver in Essen and enjoyed it a lot (and I'm not really a big fan of Martin Wallaces' games), very different from Chicago Express. Not sure which one I prefer, time will tell.