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My initial impressions on games I recently played for the first time
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Games played last weekend (2012-03-16 & 2012-03-18)

Surya Van Lierde is pure Eurosnoot and proud of it!
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While I did get to play all of Friday evening and all of Sunday afternoon, I only got to play one new game.
I did, however, get to play some games I hadn't played for quite a while that I was more than happy to finally play again.

First one was Carson City. I only had played this game twice before, and remembered liking it, but not knowing how much I liked it. Now, having played it again after about 2 years of not playing it, my feeling remains the same, as the time in between plays was way too long. The game was quite close though, with my and Myriam scoring 50 and 51, the result being determined by a die roll. If I hadn't lost a certain duel in the last round by a completely crappy roll, I would have won the game. But that's how this game works, and I don't feel there is too much luck.

Next we played Ora et Labora again. Over the last few weeks we have played this quite a bit, always choosing the Ireland variant, to get a better grip on what buildings exist and how to use them. And this seems to be paying off, I have won most of the last couple of games. Liking this a lot, but I'm unsure if it 'll ever kick Le Havre off of the top of my list.

Sunday I finally got to try Baltimore & Ohio for the second time. It is a long game, but the fantastic tool on BGG for calculating payouts did help us a ton. The only thing it misses is a very much needed undo button. Will someone please make a mod?
I was in the running for the victory for most of the game until money of my best company ran out, which gave my payouts a delay at a moment I needed them the most. In the end I came in third out of 4.
Lesson learned: never ever let any of your companies be unprofitable. Glad it wasn't me who had to experience this

The only new game I played was the new White Goblin Games release Little Devils.
Like most of their other tin box releases (I still don't like those, they don't stack well) this is a light card game filler. It's a trick taking game where you score points for the devils depicted on the cards in the trick. And you win when you're the player with the least points when someone goes over 100 points.
While there are some choices to be made, all of us had the same feeling: there is very little control with 4 players. With 3 I don't see this working at all.
I also think 100 is a bit too much, the game did outstay it's welcome a bit. 80 would be a better limit I think.
I had one hand where I had cards 33-36. That meant I had the 4 highest cards in the game, meaning I would have to take at least 4 tricks, unless I could lead with those cards. But you can only lead when you take a trick... and you don't want to take tricks. So you're quite dependent on what cards you are dealt.

Initial rating: 5.8
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