24th Nov - Agricola + Farmers of the Moor

Another go with Agricola and the Farmers of the Moor expansion, this time with the Minor Improvement cards. I still think I prefer it without any cards.

Richard 38, Matt 37, Garry 31

Then a quick game of Geschenkt to finish the evening.

Richard 130, matt 163, Garry 204

17th Nov - Steam Barons

Steam Barons is the share system add on/expansion for Steam. It does change things quite a lot and makes it a completely different game, you have to keep stopping yourself from thinking like you do during normal Steam/AoS.

I have a few concerns after 1 play, the company turn order is determined randomly each turn which has a major affect on the game, we're wondering if there is some way of changing this so it's more predictable. It's also very difficult to determine if a company's shares will go up in value (but this could be down to the fact that this was our first game). But what really annoyed me was that you couldn't tell the white and natural coloured trains apart, I had to put black dots on the white funnels to make it playable.

A good game but it'll need more plays to see how well it works.

Richard 106, Steve 101, Garry 75

10th Nov - Agricola + Farmers of the Moor

Another outing for Agricola and the Farmers of the Moor Expansion. A much tighter game this time and I seemed to have got my act together a bit. I'd also printed a scan of all the Major Improvement cards so that we didn't have to peer down/across the table at upside down cards, this made things much easier. We played without the Minor Improvements and really enjoyed it.

Steve 39, Richard 39, Garry 36

3rd Nov - Agricola + Farmers of the Moor

Another new Essen game, this time the Agricola expansion Farmers of the Moor. We played the family version as there was enough new stuff going on without having to deal with the new minor improvements and occupations. The expansion really improves the family game and we all thought that it made it a much better game as a result. We'll have to see if the full version with the cards just makes it too mind boggling.

I used my normal strategy of being really rubbish which seems to have worked really well.

Steve 41, Matt (10 horses!) 38, Richard (only 2 family members!) 37, Garry 26