Last weekend was another visit to Jyväskylä. I had bought them a copy of Dominion: Prosperity before — since most of my Dominion plays happen in Jyväskylä, I want to have those cards available. I didn’t take anything new with me, since there’s a decent collection of games available already. Here’s what we played:
- Dominion — Prosperity and basic set. My new favourite card? Venture! I had a brilliant deck going with Bishop to clean the chaff from the deck, Ventures, Worker’s Villages and Laboratories to get the money in hand and then just roll on! I won with a huge lead, like 120-70-50-40. Cool.
- 7 Wonders — Can’t avoid this, no. Four games or so. There’s a strong tendency to play the same strategy again and again, which contributes to the boredom. Not bad, but I wouldn’t rate this above 7. Four players seems to be a sweet spot for the game.
- Agricola — I’ve played 15 games so far, and only twice with the cards. I like the family game, it has enough challenge, especially when we play maybe once a year. The game’s swift enough, we played two games in two hours. Smooth.
3 responses to “Last weekend: 7 Wonders, Dominion, Agricola”
I really like the cards in Agricola. I’ve played the family game once, but the cards add a lot — they open up new strategies as you try to play in such a way as to take advantage of the specific cards you were dealt.
The one potential complaint with the cards is that some players may get dealt a better hand than others. That’s why we always do a draft of some sort — either get ten and discard three, pass cards to your left, or something. It helps even things out.
I just know that if I hand out 14 cards, that’ll just paralyze my opponents right there =) Too much information to process, when you play the game once a year.
Fair enough. We’ve been playing it regularly with some friends of ours, but I somehow can’t imagine getting really into it. And I think if we were to set it aside for a while and then try to come back to it, the cards would indeed be a bit overwhelming.