Our 3rd week of 'theme' night June and the juggernaut that is Kramer/Kiesling just wouldn't stop.
The Palaces of Carrara
I played this once a few years ago and I remember doing very badly at it. The aim of the game is to build buildings in six cities by purchasing, and using, marble of different quality and cost.
Each city has specific requirements on the quality of marble you must use and each will give either victory points or money when the buildings in them are scored. Scoring building also lets you receive certain wooden objects which are worth victory points at the end of the game (a Palace will give you a crown , Biblioteca will give you a book etc.).
Nick, Mark, Julia and myself played last night, only Julia hadn't played before and we had plenty of time to go over the rules while waiting for Nick to turn up.
Near the start of the game. Nick builds one of the many "Porta's" available
We all adopted slightly different strategies (mainly because we had all forgotten 'how' to play the game).
I went for a frugal approach - only buying the cheapest stone and building only in Red, Blue and Black. A tense last round seen me grab the opportunity to initiate end game scoring. The extra five points helped me stay ahead of Nick and Mark for the win.
We rounded of the evening with 3 games of Abluxxen, deciding to keeps score from one game to the next.
This turned out to be a terrible idea as Nick destroyed us on each round. His score of 54 beat the rest of us combined (17,16 and 10) :S
Next week I'll try and get a Knizia to the table, as long as I can resist the urge not to nominate Maharaja: The Game of Palace Building in India!