Wednesday, February 17, 2010

A Bit of a Dilemma

My game collection seems to have grown a bit since coming to live in Austria. When we first came we bought two bookcase like units that I thought would house my collection and leave plenty of space for it to grow. seems to have grown alright.

My very full game units

As you can see from the picture there isn't a lot of space left. Tina said that once the units were full, that's it. Mmmmm, I've wiggled the games around to fit in what I have got and can't see anyway to make more space. Now that means, a) don't buy any more games or b) work on Tina to buy another unit. The first option is not an option, and the second option is not I say A Bit of a Dilemma!!!

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Some thoughts on Justinian

Justinian was a game I purchased recently, at only 2.99 Euro. As you can see from the picture the theme is Roman....primarily trying to get more influence for the characters you hold in your hand. The mechanics are pretty straightforward and can be learned fairly quickly. Basically you place influence tokens face down on the characters on the display you wish to influence, either positively or negatively. Or you place tokens on the display under the main one to gain enough points to trigger a scoring round. This is where the problem lies, and has been discussed on BGG. The number of points you need to trigger a scoring seem to be much too high. As you can see in the picture it's 5 for the first round, then 9 and lastly 12.

When we played at first we ran out of tokens either in the second or third phase before having enough points to trigger a scoring round. After about 3 games of this we just adjusted the numbers down, to 3, 5, and 7. This seemed to make the game flow much better. The look and quality of the components is top class and for the price I paid I am happy to have it on my game shelves.

Today we played a couple of games of Oltre Mare. Tina hadn't played before and we shared a victory apiece. This game was one of Emanuele Ornella's first offerings and is still a good game. Again the rules are fairly straightforward and after a couple of turns it all becomes clear.

Happy Gaming!!