Monday, 2 November 2009

Pie Jesu Domine, dona eis requiem.

Last Tuesday we got to find out who the really devout members of the NoBoG flock were. With many other goings on in the region (the 32nd Norwich Beer Festival, the FA Cup 4th qualifying round replay between Lowestoft Town and Gloucester City, listening to music in the bathroom because it has good acoustics), there was a chance that the turn out might be low. In fact we had eight resolute souls with us on Tuesday, not least Brother Howard and Sister Darling who had returned from their pilgrimage to the Spieltag Games Fair at Essen.

Tarn taught Power Grid: Factory Manager to New Rich, Dave and Ben, whilst Dan ran a session of At the Gates of Loyang, for James, Pete and myself. Personally, I would have been happy playing either. Both were released last week at Essen and both have had praise heaped upon them. Power Grid: Factory Manager is the latest game from the green loving Friedmann Friese and is a spin off of the popular Power Grid. Set in the exciting Power Grid Universe you are a factory manager producing stuff as efficiently as possible, which sounds bloody awful, but I still want to play it. At the Gates of Loyang is the third in the “harvesting” series from Uwe Rosenberg (the first two being Agricola and Le Harve). Loyang is lighter than it’s predecessors and more tactical with reliance on card play, however we all spent the first hour of the game with absolutely no clue as to what we were doing or why we were doing it. I rate it higher than Le Havre, but lower than Agricola. I stumbled to victory, narrowly beating James (on the second count back) by a radish. Ben won Factory Manager.

Blessings to those that came. And because we are mostly a benevolent group, blessings to those that could not attend. We hope the light may guide you back to our church of games soon.

Pork scratching count: A dismally feeble two bags were consumed. Shame on you/us!

Beer: This week I was drinking Harviestoun's Hoptoberfest. A refreshingly light, almost green, beer with a citrus taste. I'd compare it to Fearsome Floors - seasonal, green, but not overly complex.

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