Edel, Stein & Reich, Ivanhoe

Playing games for two nights running is exceptional for me, so I decided to keep things simple.

“Edel, Stein & Reich”:http://www.boardgamegeek.com/game/5781
We played a four-player game of this. It went down well, but I am not sure if this was due to the gems or the gameplay. There is some subtle thinking when bartering, which makes this one a deeper game than it first looks. Although there is a lot of luck in the scissors-paper-stone element of the game, I am sure that skilful players will win the majority of the time.
For me, it plays better with three players than four, as there is less clashing of choices. It might play well with five, but I have not had a chance to try it.
I stuck paste-ups (cut out from A4 labels) onto the event cards, which definitely improves the game. It’s light and fast moving, so looking up translations would slow it down too much.

“Ivanhoe”:http://www.boardgamegeek.com/game/883
This is good for when you are feeling tired and just want some light, direct aggression with your friends. I made the mistake of getting too committed with draining battles, and should have picked my shots more carefully. We enjoyed it so much we played twice. Apparently, the battles mechanism is similar to “Taj Mahal”:http://www.boardgamegeek.com/game/475, which I borrowed a while ago, but have not got around to playing. Judging by the consistent success of Ivanhoe, the guys will love Taj Mahal.