8th November - Pasteboard & Plastic

First up, to get the brain cells moving was Wind River. It's a nice easy game to learn with only a few rules but don't let that fool you, it can get very tricky towards the end at one point all of us had 4 0r 5 tepees near the end of the board but by the end of the game we only managed 1 or 2.

This is a great little game and is turning into on of my favorites from this years Essen.

Garry 2, Alistair 2, Gary 1, Tim 1

Next I joined Steve and Richard for another new Essen Game, Martin Wallace's After the Flood. It took us a while to get through the rules but when the game started playing it didn't seem as complicated as the rules made it out to be.

Once you know what you're doing the game moves fairly fast and the combat is simple and good fun. At the end of a round all the soldiers are taken off the board and the combat begins afresh with different armies, so if you suffer a catastrophic defeat at the start of the game it's not the end of the world. It took us nearly 4 hours to play this but a good hour was spent trying to sort out the rules and a lot of time was spent looking things up whilst we were playing, it would probably take a mush less time once you got the hang of it.

Richard 123, Steve 105, 92

After a very short break we decided to try the new Bezier games Age of Steam map Vermont. The map is mostly made up of mountains (eek!) We all thought we'd probably go bankrupt within a few turns but there are a few extra rules that allow for a cash injection in the game which takes the pain away.

We started in differnt parts of the board but soon started twisting our track around each other and fighting for blocks. I really stuggled to get my locomotive upgraded, something that is always my weak point, next time maybe.

Richard 97, Howard 89, Steve 78, Garry 68

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