Games in Pub - 30th September 2012

Building castles in a pub!

Splitting into two groups one embarked on the ever popular Discworld: Ankh-Morpork whilst 3 of us headed off to medieval France to set about building a castle and the surrounding town.
Caylus - A close up of some of the buildings along the road leading to Caylus
Discworld: Ankh-Morpork, designed by British designer Martin Wallace, has continued to prove one of our most popular games from last year. On this occasion the players, Robin (Lord Rust), Oliver (Lord Vetinari ) and Simon (Chrysoprase), who was the eventual winner, had an extremely close game with each only 1 point away from winning.

Discworld: Ankh-Morpork - The players from left to right Robin (a Lord), Oliver (Lord Vetinari ) and Simon (Chrysoprase) the eventual winner
On the other table Martin, Gwen and I were getting deep into quarries and all manner of other locations seeking out the resources to both build the town as well as the castle of Caylus. In this game it seemed more effort went into the former than the later. A key part of the success in a game is remembering that activities are resolved in an order determined by your workers (the round cylinders in the photos) proximity to the castle. This was something that twice caught Gwen out and did nothing to help her final score. Not surprisingly Martin (who has played this several times) won the game, whilst we both put in a creditable performance in one of the most highly regarded worker placement games.
Caylus - An enthusiastic Martin sensing his victory even at this early stage of the game
On the other table they has finished their game and moved onto Space Beans. On ours it was time to board the pirate ship Riff Raff and play a very different game where dexterity and finesse are called for. It certainly amused the other table watching us struggle to keep the ship balanced and or catch the falling cargo. The photo’s do not show how finely balanced the ship is but if you sat 2 to 3 feet away and blew that the ship will start rocking! I think Martin may have won this game as well.
Riff Raff -  Martin placing one of his cargo items in the yardarms

More photo's of the evening can be seen here.

Our next event at the Blue Anchor, Crowborough is in two weeks time on Sunday 14th October starting at 7.00pm - £1 per head. More details can be seen on our Facebook Page Social Gamers - Crowborough

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