Jeff and I met up today at Capitol Roasters with Jim and Dana, two new math professors at the university where I work. Unfortunately, Lissa was unable to play as she was working.
We started out with a quick game of Guillotine before Jeff arrived. I believe that Jim won this game.
The next game was one of Jim and Dana's, Thurn and Taxis. This is an interesting game where the players are building postal routes to various cities in Germany. As routes are built, you score points based on a variety of factors, including the regions that the cities are in, and the length of the route. You are also placing postal stations down as routes are completed. These are used in the scoring process as well. While I ended up placing very poorly in this game I rather liked it. Dana won this game.
For game three we played one of Jeff's games, Steam. This was a tight game that came down to the last turn where I would have won had Jeff and Dana not traitorously used some of Jim's track giving him the two points necessary to win :) One problem that we had was that we badly misread the income rule and gave ourselves far more income than we should have. Great game!
Our last game was another of Jim and Dana's, Ingenious. This is a nice abstract game with an interesting twist in scoring. As you play pieces, you score based on the number of matching colors/shapes that you can trace in a straight line from your piece. You keep track of your score for each color/shape separately and your total score is equal to your lowest score. This was another win for Dana.
It was great to finally get to play with Jim and Dana and to try out two new games. Lots of fun!