Manorcon 2011 – Day 1

Well, the first day of Manorcon has flown by – nowhere near as many games played as what I was expecting, but not a bad day.

First up was a nice gentle game of 7 Wonders, but including the new Leaders Expansion.

Not 100% sure after 1 play just how much the expansion brings to the base game – certainly it has added several new combinations, and some of the effects are quite nasty…I think I’ll continue to play the game with the expansion as standard.

Next up was Cyclades – an area control game based in the setting of Greek Mythology, with up to 5 players fighting to build huge cities by gaining favour with the Gods and employing the help of strange, mythical beasts.

The game looks gorgeous – each player has unique figures for both ships and infantry – and long with a very colourful board, the production quality is top notch. The game went on for a while – over 3 hours, but we weren’t rushing and took at least 2 breaks to check out the bring-and-buy. However, the gameplay was tense and close right to the end, and I won on a tie breaker. Definately my sort of game.

And excellent game – highly recommended.

After that we needed a lighter game, and so we tried out Hot Potatoes – which turned out to be a really fun kids game all about throwing potatoes at each other and trying to get them to explode.

The game starts off being a little fiddly, but you soon get into the swing of things and it’s actually a great game for the pub.

The final game of the day was Mousquetaires du Roy, a co-operative game based on ‘the Three Musketeers’.

The game is very similar in many ways to Pandemic or Shadows over Camelot, and whilst I like the combat system and the general narrative of the game, it did seem to drag a little.

The Kings Musketeers prevailed however, even as Constance was having the life choked out of her, so alls well that ends well.

10 hours of gameplay down…two more days ahead…

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