First up was Love Letter, a card game ranked a lofty 86th position on Board Game Geek and available on Amazon for a mere £7.51 brand new. Jon Gameson got his first win of the night by beating out fierce competition from Neil Curtis in the last round. If you're very lucky, I'll show you my Minister.
Next up we played Family Business, a lovely gentle-sounding game that is anything but. Edward Kendrick brought this cut-throat game that's all about wiping out the other "families" of mobsters before they eliminate yours. Contracts, family influence, vendettas and mob wars; these are the currency of a brutal but entertaining game of tactics and good timing. The last man standing was Jon who got his second victory of the night but sadly couldn't protect 'Pretty Boy' Floyd from the firing squad.
Cue Castle Panic, a game with 2 variants: fully co-operative and semi co-op. After the bloodthirsty nature of Family Business we decided to play full co-op to help set our new friendships back on track. An hour and dozens of dead monsters later we had successfully defended 4 out of 6 of our castle's towers and were victorious.
Lastly, Draughts master Tony Boyle from Bromsgrove Abstract Games showed us a thing or two about serious board games when he brought along a new game called Retsami. We nominated Neil as our champion and, with the combined brains trust of 4 vs 1, he beat the local master.
Maybe I'll win a game next week.....