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Alan's Session Report - Thursday 28/7/16

Walnuts, caves and camping for Dragons West

by Alan on July 28, 2016

Walnut Grove

Tonight at Snowdonia Dragons West:

--Above and Below
--Age of War
--Walnut Grove
--Lewis and Clark

Lewis and ClarkAbove and Below is a name I've heard around a few times. As it turns out, it's a fairly novel village building game which also involves a surprising tangent of questing through numbered paragraphs in a Fighting Fantasy style. Odd but enjoyable.

Age of War (or Risk Express, since they're the same game) is a quick dice-rolling filler. Not much in the way of decision making but it's quick and simple enough to shove in between meatier games.

This was my first play of Walnut Grove with more than 2 players. I really do think very highly of this game. It benefits from very brisk pacing, which sees it wrap up in under an hour. Good stuff, and needs more plays.

Lewis and Clark is another name I've come across but never actually played. It takes some wrapping your head around the game's weird action-taking mechanisms but it's enjoyable once you get going. It does require a fair amount of concentration though, since it punishes you for misusing your cards. Still, certainly one I'd play again.