Castellan-Building courtyards

We tried out Castellan last Thursday. You build wall and towers to make courtyards which wins you points. It’s fast-play; about 45 mins. It’s a simple rule system hides the complicated tactics and player interplay that arises to get ahead. We all liked the game. Boardgamegeek says:

In Castellan, two players work together to build a castle. Finely detailed wall and tower pieces link together to form courtyards, and the player who finishes a courtyard claims it with a Keep, scoring points for that courtyard equal to the number of tower pieces surrounding it.

In more detail, each player starts the game with two decks of cards: a wall deck and a tower deck. Each card allows a player to play the components shown on it, with the wall deck cards always depicting at least one wall (and some combination of walls/towers) and the tower deck cards always depicting at least one tower (and again some combination of walls/towers). On a turn, a player can play as many cards as she wants, but she draws only one card at the end of her turn. The goal is to create courtyards – and subdivide existing courtyards – while keeping your opponent from doing the same. It’s a good game.

 

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Headingley Games Day at Heart on Saturday March 28th 2015

THIS COMING WEEKEND.

Our thriving club is putting on a another games day on Saturday March 28th 2015. The large Shire Oak hall is booked. It’s a chance to try out those long games which can’t be easily cleared in an evening. But any game can be played whatever its length of play. This not a commercial fair with trade stands etc but if someone wants to come and demo’ a game they are welcome. Headingley Games Day at Heart will last from 10 am to 5.00 pm. Use our Facebook page to arrange stuff. If you have any second-hand games for sale an unsupervised table will be set aside for you to place a limited amount of sales. Entrance is £3/£1.

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Headingley Games Day at Heart on Saturday March 28th 2014

Our thriving club is putting on a another games day on Saturday March 28th 2015. The large Shire Oak hall is booked. It’s a chance to try out those long games which can’t be easily cleared in an evening. But any game can be played whatever its length of play. This not a commercial fair with trade stands etc but if someone wants to come and demo’ a game they are welcome. Headingley Games Day at Heart will last from 10 am to 5.00 pm. Use our Facebook page to arrange stuff. If you have any second-hand games for sale an unsupervised table will be set aside for you to place a limited amount of sales. Entrance is £3/£1.

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Tonight is Games Night at the Heart Centre

Thursday 8th January is the next games night after the Winter break. We are open for Games night at the Heart Centre Headingley
6.30pm onwards.
http://headingleygamesclub.com/
The site for information about Headingley Games Club Leeds. Come along and get a game.

Flash point fire rescue by Indie Boards and Cards

This was out on the table again last week. It’s cooperative game like Pandemic. No cooperation and the team of players burn horribly.

Flash point fire rescue by indie boards and cards is well-rated on Board Game Geek. When we played this game we liked it. It’s another cooperative game.  Flash Point-fire rescue had lots of flash points for us and our incompetence led to very little rescue.

The scene is a building which has casualties that you have to get out and rescue. The players compete, cooperatively to do this and put out the fire. Unfortunately the fire spreads. We managed to incinerate ourselves twice-oh dear! It is a good game.

Napoleon-Columbia Games-A block game.

Three of us have been giving Napoleon from Columbia Games a go. It’s a block game. Instead of counters one plays with 4-sided blocks which allows units to deplete step by step as they take casualties. The latest revised version was played. Boardgamegeek sums up the Historical scenario: “On June 18, 1815, one of the most decisive battles in military history was fought in Belgian fields twenty miles southeast of Brussels. Within a short 100 days, Napoleon, former emperor of France, had returned from exile on the island of Elba, again seized power, quickly assembled an army, and marched to defeat the dispersed British and Prussian armies now preparing to invade France.

Napoleon invaded Belgium on June 15th, defeated the Prussians at the Battle of Ligny on the 16th and after a day of pursuit, faced the British and Dutch army commanded by Wellington. Aided by superb defensive tactics and the timely arrival of Prussian reinforcements, Wellington defeated the French in the great Battle of Waterloo, ending forever the military ambitions of the great Napoleon.”

We enjoyed the game as operational and grand tactical play is allowed. Unfortunately Napoleon lost all three games.

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