Friday, July 22, 2016

Ludorati - Monday 18th July - Sheriff Of Nottingham

So last Monday was the latest session at the Ludorati Boardgames cafe in Nottingham, by myself and several colleagues. This time, we opted for a game of the bluffing card game Sheriff Of Nottingham. There are 4 types of produce cards, plus a variety of "contraband" cards - some of which double up as multi-produce cards (e.g. "counts as 3 bread" The 4 types of produce are: Apples, Chickens, Cheese, and Bread. Each round, one person plays the part of the sheriff (everyone gets 2 goes at this, taking it in turns), and the others have to submit 1-5 of their hand of 6 cards, in their own little pouch, and then make a declaration of what they have put in the pouch. You can only declare one type of produce though, so the idea is to try and sneak through other cards, of different produce types or contraband. But if the current sheriff chooses to check your bag, you have to pay them a penalty that depends on the value of any cards you have submitted that are not of the type you declared. However if you have been honest and the sheriff still checks your cards, then the sheriff has to pay you instead. With four of us, no-one managed to get through more than 2 contraband cards i think. And i won, in then end quite comfortably, despite bluffing the least amount of times. 2 of my fellow players were battling over getting the most apples - if you get the most, or second-most, of any of the four produce types you get a bonus - which enabled me to "sneak up" and claim both the most Cheese cards *and* the most Bread cards, gaining me a nice bonus of 30 coins in total. And I did manage to get through 2 items of contraband. It was enjoyable, but I can see how replayability is limited. It's not one I would consider buying.

Sheriff Of Nottingham card game at Amazon UK

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Bingham Boardgame Group meetup Tuesday 12-July-2016

Last Tuesday, we started up the Bingham gaming group again.  Following on from the last time we met (about 6 weeks ago I think) in Bingham, we started a game of Euphoria - Build A Better Dystopia.  We played for about 1.5 hours but didn't finish this time around.  In the end there were only 3 of us left playing, but each of us three want to try it again next time.  We just need more people attend so they can bring a variety of games - most of the ones I have require more thought/awareness of different gameplay mechanisms, whereas some people prefer simpler games, or games they already know well, or just have no interest in some types of boardgame.
Onwards and upwards for the group though!

Euphoria: Build a Better Dystopia Board Game

Ludorati session... 4? or 5

Last Monday (11-July) was my latest gaming session at Nottingham boardgame cafe Ludorati There were 4 of us, and we managed to get in 2 games of Seven Wonders. I've played this excellent card game several times before. There's enough complexity to it that there are multiple ways you can build your strategy, and of course change it on the fly depending on what cards are getting passed around and what cards other players are building. It uses a drafting mechanic that's easy to understand as you simply play your chosen card on each drafting round, until everyone has played 6 cards. In the first game from Monday's session, i came joint 2nd (3rd? I'm not sure which is the correct way to put it), although the winner didn't have a lot more points than us. The second game, I only came second instead of first as the other player who got the same amount of victory points, had more money. Mind you, I had a far stronger military! I noticed a couple of interesting things about these 2 games we played: 1) Both of them resulted in each of use specialising in different types of buildings - there wasn't much competition between us as far as building types went 2) The way we all played it, we focused on trying to build the buildings we wanted, as opposed to trying to stop any of the other players from building the buildings they wanted I'd also like to note, that for the 2nd game, we played using the more difficult sides of our Wonder boards.

7 Wonders Board Game

Wednesday, July 06, 2016

Dawn Of War 1

Finally got around to playing some more of Dawn of War 1. Completed mission 8 - only 2 more to go now I think! Did take 3 tries at it - the first time around I didn't realise there really is a kind-of time limit to saving the besieged, separate part of the marines' base, the second time around I hadn't realised the first area your troops start in has no navigable link to the besieged base, so it really was 3rd time lucky!