The language of games

Not long after getting into tabletop gaming properly we were visiting a Local gaming cafe/event, when one of the organisers explained to us that many games are designed to be language agnostic and in many cases the instructions are published online in a variety of languages. The big reason for wanting to do this is that often the prices from UK stores are much higher than on say the Amazon German website. I usually keep an eye on games for sale but haven’t purchase any since getting this information, until now. When scouting at games on Amazon I spotted that there was a Big Box version of the tile game Carcassonne. In the box is the Base Game, the two expansions Inns & Cathedrals and Traders & Builders plus nine mini-expansions The Abbot, The River, The Flying Machines, The Ferries, The Messengers, The Gold Mines, Mage & Witch, The Robbers, and The Crop Circles. The English version was £76 but lurking on the site was the German version for £48, not one to looked a gift horse the mouth, I had a quick look online and found the Big Box instructions were available to download for free in my language, so we ordered the beast.

Now as much as we own the base game and an expansion it maybe kind of odd ordering something we already have but in all honesty having a single box with all the components is a more preferable option than having to home lots of separate boxes, they all just take up room.

I have to say I’m quite happy with the purchase, now to get them rules printed out.


Week 31 – Board games


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.

Android: Netrunner

netrunnerSo 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.

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