Azul, havent played this for a while. The first game is still my favourite, although I’ve only played one of the other games. One of the other players had a pretty bad run and gave up in the last turn. She wasnt purposely getting targetted, was just a bit unlucky. I know the feeling. I thought I had stuffed up (had the chance to get all five of a colour for a bonus 10 points), but squeeked out the win by just a couple of points.
Luxor, a nice easy playing game to get into. Ended up pretty close (but I lost).
Pictomania, this is my favourite drawing/guessing game I think. Up there with A Fake Artist Goes to New York. Its a shame I dont really get the numbers together to really make these games fun. At 3p it just works. Still fun, but I remember some of our games from years back at 4/5p, it was manic fun (just as the name suggests!).
Forgotten Waters, we fought some lizard creatures (they looked a bit like Murlocs from World of Warcraft)
Pictures, some imaginative efforts
The Crew, polished off a couple of missions
Polterfass, an older German game of rolling beer barrels. You all take turns being the innkeeper, who gets to roll these cool plastic barrels. After a roll, the other players play one or two cards with values from 0 to 7 on them. The innkeeper can then decide to stop, or keep rolling. If they roll and none of the barrels are standing up, they’ve gone bust, and the players get points from the cards they’ve played. If the inn stops on a higher total than the players total, all the players get their points and the innkeeper gets the difference. If the players total is more than the innkeeper, then whoever had the highest total takes it as negative points. It sounds complicated, but its actually fairly straightforward. There is a bit of math to do on the fly, since there are special barrels that can cancel or double a value.
Byzanz, another game of this cool little auction game.
Silver and Gold
Samurai, a Knizia classic. You place tiles to capture caste figures (rice, buddhas, castles) by surrounding them. To win, you need to have the most in 2 castes out of the 3. It was an interesting tussle.
A War of Whispers, second time I’ve played this. Still not quite sure about it. Its interesting enough as you try and influence the five empires. At the start of the game you random distribute your faction pieces to determine which empires you want to win eventually (and which ones you want to lose).
Byzanz X 2, more of this great auction game. Quite a bit of table talk involved, which was entertaining.