Hopefully, this will be a good omen for the year as I played my first game of the year after a wait of only ten hours! (I was not up to staying up late into the morning and also woke up later than usual). So I started off this late start to the morning with an old out-of-print classic called Forum Romanum. The game board is layed out in a seven by seven grid. Each player in a four player game has eight tokens which can only cover 65% of the board when placed. And yet the rows, columns, diagonals, and individual rectangles can only score when the item is full. So, after you are done placing your pieces, you pick up and move the pieces to other areas of the board. This can cause problems for people trying to score an area that they have majority in since it needs to be full before it scores.
Our group really discussed potential moves for everyone and their consequences. And there was deal making as well. So the experience was a little bit diminished for me. Still, it was a cool game with simple rules and a meaty feel.
Fortunately for me, I was able to play another game on my “must play” list. And this game has potential for me after playing it. It has a slightly different feel than the original. The board is much smaller and the shares of ownership have been removed. You are only concerned with trying to connect to all the stations and transport passengers. The dice are still cool. And there are two different kinds of dice in play (although Anye did have three special brown dice that had one different face than the orange ones).
The micro-trivial awards:
- Worst restaurant experience: Chabucas
- Restaurant that I wanted to eat at but didn’t: Golden Palace
- Most friendliest gamer: Kevin Nunn
- Unknown to me game to me that made my must buy list: Forum Romanum
- Cute unknown to me game that I regret not playing: Ark
- Games I wanted to play but didn’t: Die Macher, Il Principe, Struggle of Empires
- Game that I looked forward to playing against experienced players but didn’t play: Tichu
- Game the had the best niggly bit: Forum Romanum wooden coins
- Tournament I wanted to enter but did not (for the worst restaurant experience): 42
- Con that I didn’t know existed until late in the year; was undecided on attending; but, in the end, glad I attended: Lone Star Game Fest
- Thing I’m glad the hotel provided: free Wi-Fi