A fan of new Knizia games
Earlier in the evening, Debbie was in on game 1 of Vinci....
Debbie Pickett writes:
Greg, Debbie, Doug, Alan
After making a house rule that no more than four players participate in any one game of Vinci (we all prefer games that don't drag), we discovered that there were enough players to make for two games. Since Doug is the only one to have a copy of it, Bernie, Roger and Craig would have to wait for us to finish.
This was a first-time play for me, though I'd read the rules before so managed to get going pretty fast. I started with the civilization traits Mountaineering and Field General, and quickly took over vast quantities of Western Europe. Doug started in the Urals with Mountaineering, Greg in the Caucasus with Mining and Fortification, and Alan - in true Viking style - in Scandinavia with Farming.
I was among the first to decline, after taking a healthy lead with my military strength, taking Specialized Espionage and busting through Greg's now-declining fortresses into the heartland of Europe. Doug also declined and started afresh in the northeast with Agriculture and Farming. Greg's new civilization - Field General and Militia - had cost him a lot to start, but was now reaping rewards. Almost no one was willing to attack him, obviously enough. Alan was pushing through mid-Europe with Revolutionaries, catching up so much that I was now in last place, taking a beating for trying to quash Greg's lead. It did work, and by the time Greg was forced to decline his empire, Doug had formed a very nice Iberian civilization with Coinery and Astronomy, and was raking in the points. In the end, Doug managed to win, with Alan making a daring dash for the finish, Greg's new civilization barely getting started, and me bringing up the rear.
It has just a little of the feel of games like Civilization. It probably lends more to other games of the genre that I haven't played. Importantly, because the slow parts of such games - trading and bargaining, buying advances and moving up to fifty tokens - are all removed, the game moves along pretty quick. It rates 8 from me, which means a game that I wanted to play again as soon as I'd finished, and will probably want to play again frequently.