Andrew and I managed to give A Call to Arms: Noble Armada a shot this Tuesday. You can read up on it here.
I got to play 4 games at the weekly Thursday gaming night at Meeplemart, three of 3 of them I brought (which is always a game in itself).
Started off with Kingdom Builder. Feels like a mix of Hacienda and Through the Desert (both of which I need to play again). Mechanics are pretty simple, components make it replayable. I quite enjoyed it. For some strange reason it makes me want to play Tobago, even though they are nothing alike. I’ll be bringing this one out again to upcoming game nights.
Then got to play Jet Set again, which was once again good. It is close enough to Ticket to Ride to seem familiar, but different enough to seem more complex. I find it to be mid-way between TtR and Airlines Europe (which Randall is going to bring out soon). Interestingly, it was not until very late in the game that any of the Long Flight Cards were claimed. I’ll try to push this one again soon.
Next came City Tycoon. It wasn’t as fiddly as the components made it seem, and it wasn’t too long of a game. After the first round I started seeing how the ‘synergy’ cards worked, and how to get little combos going. With the drafting aspect, there’s a good chance you could prepare for upcoming turns, but not by too much. Good game, which I’d like to give another go.
And the night ended with the Penny Arcade deck builder. Once again, it is humourous, and the elements that make it different from Dominion are interesting. It sometimes needs a little brain-work to keep track of how much of each currency you have, but it’s not bad.