This week saw 6 gamers at The Hop Pole Inn including 3 newcomers: not bad for our second week. After a quick gaming warm-up with Love Letter, we welcomed Chris (a massive fan of Martin Wallace games) and another Peter, new to board gaming but a veteran of Magic: The Gathering. Our other newcomer was my wife Emma, a gamer more by association than choice but also keen on Eurogames such as Village and Carcassonne. The first win of the night went to Peter who was first to score 2 points in Love Letter having shown considerable cool in the heat of battle to defeat Neil in the final throes.
The rest of the evening was wiled away in the company of The Lords of Waterdeep, where only the bravest and shrewdest tactitioners may emerge triumphant. Ranked a dizzying 26th place on Board Game Geek this surprisingly simple game provides a tactical challenge that would keep all but the most hardcore of heavy wargamers interested. Based on a worker placement-type mechanism, players take turns assigning their agents to a number of spaces on the board with the goal of recruiting priests, wizards, thieves and warriors to complete quests. Quests give you points, and points mean...well, not prizes. This is one of those great breeds of games where scoring happens all the way through and not just at the end meaning that virtually anyone could be the winner depending on their hidden objective.
The scoring at the end revealed two exciting fights: the battle for first place, and the scrabble for 4th, both of which were decided by a mere handful of points. Congratulations to Jon who continues his winning form from last week; commiserations to Peter who was beaten into fifth place by this grateful author.
Maybe I'll win a game next week...