Celtica English Rules

I’ve just received the new Wolfgang Kramer & Michael Kiesling game, Celtica, in my latest Adam Spielt order. We’re itching to try it (hopefully Friday) and so I’ve done a quick translation and posted it to BGG, if anyone’s interested. The Celtica page is here.

Looks fairly light but there are a few interesting tactical decisions necessary and I think it will go down pretty well with our group.

SR: 6th January 2006 – Antike

Just added the latest session report to my Trickylight site:

“Our first session of 2006 and I decided to try Antike, which has been described as a two hour Civilization game. It was designed by Mac Gerdts and published by eggertspiele. It scales from 2 to 6 players, which is good because we are often struggling to find good 6 player games.”

You can read the full report here

The Best of 2005?

I don’t normally go in for choosing a top 10 of the year but, after browsing a few of these over recent days, I was intrigued to see if my choices were close to what others thought. The following are the list of games I have gained the most enjoyment from in 2005. They are not meant to reflect the most deserving releases of 2005 (and indeed one is a 2004 release that I only first got to play in 2005), but they are the ones that made the best impression on me. So here, in alphabetical order, as I would struggle to place these in order of preference, are my picks of 2005:

Beowulf – The Legend
Caylus (despite our 5 player game running too long)
Havoc: The Hundred Years War
Louis XIV
Shadows Over Camelot
Tower of Babel

I’m sure the rest of the Shrewsbury Games Club will concur with my choices. If not, they can always tell me where I went wrong in the comments section.

Let’s hope 2006 brings more excellent releases along the lines of these 10.