The start of a new month and it looks like it might be a slow one!
Well, first I finished off November (with 30 plays!) with a play of Le Havre, scratching off the last of the current BGG Top 10 games I needed to play. That’s a useless-but-fun milestone to reach, wouldn’t you say? Anyway, Le Havre was enjoyable. Much moreso than its older sibling, Agricola. Well, I enjoyed “the ‘Gric” the first time I played it, but every play thereafter I realised it wasn’t as good as I thought it was – makes me wonder how many other single-play games I’ve enjoyed are like that. I didn’t feel that errors in Le Havre are as detrimental as they are in Agricola. Not feeding your dudes in Le Havre can be fixed, while in the ‘Gric you’re not so lucky. I guess that’s part of the reality of the era that each game takes place in: life for medieval farmers was probably a little more do-or-die than French…boatworkers? I’m not even exactly sure of the exact theme of the game. I’d like to give it another go and see if it will stand up to my positive feelings after the first time around, or suffer the same fate as Agricola.
Thursday, I arrived a few hours later than usual at Meeplemart, so I knew I wasn’t going to get much in. In fact, I only got to play one game! At least that game was Urban Sprawl, the new beauty by Chad Jensen (Combat Commander which is one of my favourites, as well as Dominant Species which I very much enjoyed). In US players are building up a city on a 6×6 grid of 2×2 ‘blocks’. You need to first pick up Permits, and then use them to build specific buildings (like Kindergarten, Supermarket and Post Office). The specifics don’t totally matter, as it just ends up being a Tetris-esque building (of 1-4 ‘lots’ in size) that you place an ownership marker on. But they are themed so that they a) are either Residential, Industrial, Commercial or Civil Service, and b) offer some special ability or job title. They also determine when there is intra-turn scoring and elections, etc.
There is a lot in this game, very much like Dominant Species. And you know what? I really enjoye Urban Sprawl. I definitely, definitely want to give this one another go. Both of them, actually. We had to end the game a few turns early, but overall I can see it being a 3-hour or less game, for sure. The three of us suffered from Analysis Paralysis very little, which was great and kept the game moving. Can’t wait to see it on the table again.
Well, that’s all I got to play this week! I know! Two games! Cheap.
But I also picked up Sentinels of the Multiverse and Who Would Win? The first because I’m a sucker for theme and card games, and the second because it’ll be a nice tool for teaching debating one day. And it could be fun! Who would win in a bubble blowing contest, Julius Caesar or Justin Timberlake? Mwahaha!