Participants: Jon, Nadine, Haim, Gili, Aaron, Yael, Nadine S
Jon 53, Gili 35, Aaron 32, Haim 29
We hadn’t played this in a while, so it was first play for Aaron and Haim; Gili had played once a long while ago.
It’s not the most exciting game but it’s not bad, I think. A little too much luck.
Castles of Mad King Ludwig
Nadine S 91, Yael 87, Jon 84, Haim 66
Second play for me, first play for everyone else. Like last time I played, I felt like I liked this less than Suburbia. Yes it has prettier tiles and none of the negative feedback, but it is less elegant and more fiddly. It requires more table space and the castles, especially the ones that stretch out thinly like the gerrymandered map of South Carolina, are fragile when you have to shift them over a few inches.
This was only Nadine S’s second real Euro (after Alien Fronteirs and not counting Catan). She started off a little overwhelmed, and maybe a little bored, but she picked it up by mid-game and played very well to victory. She and I had no downstairs. I would have done a little better but Haim stole the only downstairs room that I wanted.
Clans of Caledonia
Aaron 151, Gili 137, Nadine 124
First plays for Gili and Aaron. Everyone liked it.
Jon, Nadine S, Yael, Haim
We played a few rounds.