Having owned the game for over a year on the weekend I finally got around to playing Carcassonne. It’s not that I’d be putting it off or anything but invariably other games would be selected over it, usually something familiar.
So armed with determination Dok and myself sat down and poured over the rules for 20 minutes.
Thankfully the game is very straight forward and with minimal consultation of the rule book we managed to fit in 2 games in reasonable amount of time.
If you’ve not played it, the game is a simple tile placing game that requires players draw and place tiles to create a countryside filled with Towns, road, fields and cloisters. They have to be placed abutting an existing tile (all starting with one in the centre) and when they are place the player may choose to a meeple (the small character pieces) this can earn them points either straightway or once a criteria is met or at the end of the game.
I have to say i was expecting something more complex and now I have played it I look forward to playing at home or in my monthly workplace group.
So the second game we played was Android: Netrunner, this is our second time of playing the game and it was as gruelling as the first. The game needs a handy crib sheet of the rules or it just needs the rulebook to be in some sort of order.
Once you get passed the continual rule-lookups the game is quite fun and enjoyable to play and the mechanics are fun enough for both players. One player takes on the role of a corporation the other a runner who is attempting to hack into the corporation’s computer network to steal agendas.
The corporation protects it’s network using ICE cards the runner can use program to break through the protection to get to the server behind, but will it yield point scoring agendas or could it be a trap?
The video below is a group version of all the tutorial videos that Fantasy Flight Games released, it’s worth watching before playing, or if you just want to see what it’s all about.