We played “Amun-Re”:http://www.boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/5404 and “Die Dolmengötter”:http://www.boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/17988 last night. A new games group has opened up in Isleworth, about 10 minutes drive from my house, and I’m very optimistic about it. It should mean consistently getting 4/5 players, so I should have more to write about at least.
Amun-Re was OK. I won, which was nice, but I’ll never love it. I don’t mind abstract games, see below, but Amun Re is too ponderous for my taste.
I also finally got to play Die Dolmengötter. Mikko Saari’s “rave review”:http://www.melankolia.net/gameblog/archives/2009/01/gaming_year_2008.html convinced me to buy it and I’m glad I did. If you like the crowded manouvering of “Hey! That’s My Fish”:http://www.boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/8203 and want something more elaborate, you should try this. We played with four and we finished about 45 minutes including rules explanation. 20-30 minutes or under is realistic from the second play onwards.
The components and gameplay also remind me a little of “Nuggets”:http://www.boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/8229 – another obscure, but excellent game.
Die Dolmengötter deserves a wider audience. Maybe the tacked-on theme and no English-language release reduced its impact.
8/10 but should climb with repeated play.