20th Sep - Endeavor

A 5 player game of Endeavor this week. A bit crowded with 5, I think 4 would be best.

Ben 59, Steve 53, Matt 47, Richard 38, Garry 30

After Steve went home Matt suggested a game of Botswana which is a rethemed version of Loco/Flinke Pinke. Rather than just coloured disks we were playing for a menagerie of plastic animals, great laugh.

Ben 83, Richard 82, Matt 77, Garry 74

13th Sep - Troyes

Another game of the ever excellent Troyes. I've since discovered that there is a version 2 of the rules on the 'geek, I shall have to print them off and check if we played it right.

Garry 41, Steve 40, Matt 35

Then a quick game of R-Oko

Matt 15, Steve 6, Garry 3

6th Sep - Taj Mahal

I wasn't around this week, Matt sent this report:

First up: Taj Mahal. A new one for Ben and the table's opinion was that he should certainly play it at least once because it is a fine game. Ben took it well initially playing like a veteran for the first few provinces. Steve' advice that "Elephant tiles were very powerful and definitely game winning as a strategy" may have coloured some of the decisions in the mid game as Steve ploughed the Elephant furrow whilst Richard and I more or less ignored them and made lots of connections without getting in each others way too much. Richard played particularly well in that he scooped up all the Grand Mogul symbols that showed themselves to ensure he had a large number of floating palaces. Ben lost a hand for no gain and found out how painful that is, Richard and I jockeyed for position whilst Steve lined himself up to streak to victory with the elephant tile from the twelfth province. I beat Steve to that last tile by spending deep in my longest suit meaning that he bowed out with nothing leaving it between myself and Ben, who decided to mount a last ditch comeback effort and leave me with a single palace and the elephant tile taking the other three palaces and the four bonus point tile.

When the dust settled Richard had two more cards in his longest suit than I did leaving it:

Richard 59, Matt 57, Steve 53, Ben 46

Steve had to be in Southampton early the following morning and the night was still a bit young so we decided to play Carcassonne with The River, Traders and Builders and Inns and Cathedrals. Ben, apparently stung by the last game, unleashed the raw gaming power of his newly minted fiancée. We were not adequately prepared:

Asia 171, Matt 121, Ben 118, Richard 111

Proving that 'statistics can be weird sometimes' the last four tiles were: Cathedral, road section, 4 sided city section, Cathedral. Asia and I had set up a city to give a monster score if we pulled a finishing cathedral that we knew they were still in there as the bag got lighter and lighter..and lighter- it was a real nail biter! Richard got the first one and put somewhere else, I got the road section then Asia drew the 4 sided city and had to play it into the city (as Ben wasn't likely to finish it for us) then drew a second tile with her builder- which we all knew was a cathedral- and had to place it somewhere else! A fabulously bizarre ending to a good game.

Aug 30th - 7 Wonders

Jo joined us this week, he'd brought his copy of 7 Wonders along so we gave that a go. I liked it but I'm failing to see why there is so much love for this of the 'geek, it also seems to be winning every award going at the moment. Maybe I need to play it more.

Jo 52, Steve 46, Ben 45, Garry 25
Jo 44, Ben 43, Steve 39, Garry 39

Aug 23rd - Caylus

No Richard this week so we broke out Caylus. It was a really tight game with Matt and I tieing for first place.

Garry 90, Matt 90, Steve 78