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.