This was our second go at Caylus, this time with four players, all of whom had played before. Unlike last time, this was a much less cut-throat affair as the person claiming the free Provost move tended to move him forward way down the track. The game also saw many more stone buildings built, particularly as I built the stone mason on the first turn and Nige next built the double stone production building. I decided to try and get the valuable Prestige buildings into play by building the lawyer and upgrading to a residential building. Unfortunately, the bailiff was moving so quickly (2 spaces every turn except one) that the game was virtually over by the time I was in a position to build my first blue building. Mark K and Mark G were concentrating more on castle building than Nige and myself and they got some very useful royal favours: mainly income and victory points. Mark G also made good use of accumulating gold for end of game VPs and this proved the critical factor with Mark G racing well ahead of the rest of us.
This game played much quicker than previously, partly as a result of there being fewer players, partly due to our greater familiarity with the game and partly due to the â€œjet-propelledâ€ bailiff. We finished in about 2 hours 15 minutes. I found the game to be even more enjoyable than last time and rate it a very strong 8. There are still lots of different strategies to be tried out. I was a bit disappointed that the game didnâ€™t last long enough for my prestige building strategy to work but next time Iâ€™ll know better and either ditch that route or try and slow the provost down.