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I missed games night at David F’s last night but since going last week I have played a few times with a few different people.

Last week at David F’s we played Tempus, a new “civilization building” game that I liked a lot. In fact Brian had an extra copy I will be buying from him. It was basically a territory control game with an interesting mechanic that made the desirable territories change from round to round (epoch to epoch). This forced you to plan carefully which territories you wanted to try to control, with what resources, and at which time. Very enjoyable play (for me – I read that Aaron F doesn’t care for it), very nice artwork and informational graphics…and the cards were not too fiddly. As a side night it was fun playing with Greg who was visiting from Florida.

lotus_bloom.jpgSpeaking of fiddly cards, Eric spent some time with us last weekend and taught Billy how to construct a Magic: the Gathering deck. We then played a lot of Magic over the next few days. It reminded me how much I like that game and all the mechanics around the deck construction…it looks like the next expansion, Time Spiral, will be coming out soon with a lot of fun time-based effects that I like…maybe I should check out the pre-release tournament (insert giant sucking sound here)….

Lastly Bob and Dave stopped in for a quick visit on the way from Maine to get Dave back to Williams and we played a game of OltreMare. This is a very nice set-collection game with a few nice mechanics to make it interesting…it shares a scoring mechanism with Bohnanza and card stacking with Mama Mia but the mechanic of the cards as (1) your resources, (2) controlling your actions, and (3) determining what you can do on your next turn is pretty cool, and unique, as far as I know.

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