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Alan's Session Report - Thurs 14/7/16

Dragons West play session on Thursday 14th July 2016

by Alan on July 14, 2016

Giants

Tonight at Snowdonia Dragons West:

--Giants
--Taj
--Nine Tiles
--Antarctica
--Mamma Mia

GiantsI didn't really know what to expect from Giants - it was donated to me by my friend Carys and I didn't really know much about it, other than it sounded interesting. As it turns out, it's a really really good game of building temporary routes so you can lug statues around Easter Island. I enjoyed it a lot. Definitely needs more plays.

My first encounter with anything from the Pack o' Game came courtesy of Paul - a little carpet-shifting game called Taj. It's a pleasant little game, especially considering it comes in the tiniest box imaginable (even smaller than Meuterer). Unexpected levels of trying to out-guess your opponents.

I don't usually have much interest in real time games, but Nine Tiles is fun. I wouldn't want to play it all the time because, like most real time games, there isn't much to it - but it's a nice, quick little game to blast through occasionally. Basically, make grid patterns using your off hand faster than your opponents do. Not bad.

Dragons West sampleIn addition to Giants, I can now also cross Antarctica off my unplayed list. It was a good night for games out of my bag. I don't think Ed was too impressed with this one but I really enjoyed it - a novel blend of worker placement, area majority, turn order manipulation, and a couple of other things. Fun stuff.

Mamma Mia is criminally overlooked in the canon of Uwe Rosenberg games. Its main weakness is that some of the recipes are a bit wonky to try and explain. Despite the fact that we played it with the full complement of five, it zipped by quickly. Also, it's nice to play a Rosenberg that isn't about farming...