Well we got our copy of A Castle for All Seasons today and my son and I were excited to get it out and give it a go. I'm writing this as a session report rather then a review as I intend to get several more plays with different amounts of players etc first.
My wife was too tired from work to "Learn a new game tonight..." so we embarked on a couple two player games. Or first game we only played about 5 turns to just get the process and mechanics of the game down. So then we restarted a new game in earnest.
To basically summarize it quickly I made a huge mistake as I was "playing around" on this first game....I enabled my son to get not only the top spot on the Stables but he also got the Big Gate. So I basically had 2nd position on both the house and tower bonuses. Not good.
This happen fairly early..I tried to recover some by getting the top Tavern spot and top forge spot along with the keep as it looked as if at least 4-5 spaces would be vacant on game end. But it wasnt enough.
I think the final score was 103 to 129. Victory for my son.
This game I pretty much figured out that the Gates and Stable were important battlegrounds so to speak to at the very least have 1 top spot on one and the second spot on the other. I jumped out to a quick lead on a couple builds. I got the Big Gate.
But somehow once again he was able to bamboozle me. He ended up getting the small gate...but then got both stable spots!! Dangit. But I was out to a fairly decent lead pretty early. I was able to double up on build phases and by game end had actually built myself 8 of 9 towers.
Also...I was able to more accurately guess his card play and second guessed him more over the course of the game. I was able to get about 20 points for 4 builds by him when I had played Master Builder. He was only able to get me once. Several times (about 3) when I was fairly sure he was going to play Master Builder as one of his jobs I would pick Messenger and Trader...denying him the 5 points while then gaining cash and materials to double build on the following round with both Bricklayer and Stonemason.
I was able to get both spots on the Tavern which was nice as well as getting both spots on the Forge (which only netted 7 points total so not sure that was the best use of a second worker). He made a nice move on turn 11 to build the last building (the Keep) and place his guy on it essentially scoring 15 points for the 5 vacant spaces at game end and denying me my final turn as building the last building stopped the game on turn 11.
However I was still able to pull the win out. The funny thing is that the 15 point advantage I had on him with the Master Builder 5 point bonuses ended up being the difference.
Final score: Dad 152 Son 138
We really like the game alot. We felt the game would probably play a bit better with 3 or 4....just because it would be harder for you to try and second guess multiple people rather then be able to focus on really hosing the one other person lol.
The game plays really fast though....our last game once we knew what was going on took right at about 45-50 minutes I guess. I can see it getting even faster as we play it a few more times.
Overall I like it...it definitely fills a spot in my game collection for a speedy resource/economic type game. Look forward over the next few days in getting my wife in on the game and seeing how it changes with 3 players. Playing one card each instead of 2 seems like it would really change several game dynamics.
- Last edited Wed Jun 10, 2009 5:59 am (Total Number of Edits: 1)
- Posted Wed Jun 10, 2009 4:48 am
Well nobody caught me...but for future reference of anyone reading this thread....
The next day we realized we were playing incorrectly thus why our score were probably higher then they should have been. We were not properly doing the "3 resource types for each build...".
Tonight we played a 3 player game with my wife as a follow-up. She liked the game (considering she won). But our scores were incredibly close.
So far we like the game. My only concern right now is it just feels like there are very limited strategies to the game. But I could be wrong as we have only played 3 incorrect games and 1 proper game so far.
I will probably play 5-6 more games before writing up a review.