#27 on my expanding list - Via Romana
This is the first game that I really have no cool stories about sadly. Via Romana was introduced to me by a gamer friend:
Stay thirsty my friends.
Ray finds some very off-the-wall games and a lot of times I'll play and enjoy them - but then there are times when we play something and I think to myself, I should have a copy of this. Union Pacific is the first game I think of when I think of this category of game (the games Ray shows me that I think I should have too).
I played this in March of 2010 with Ray and the guys and from my notes, it looks like we didn't play all the way through (someone else showed up mid-game) although I was in the lead at the time. All I wrote in my comments here afterwards - this is a fun game. I guess I was busy that night.
I saw it listed on an auction geeklist in May of 2011 and put in what I thought was a fair bid. I don't know if it's OOP, but I do know it's fairly rare. I was thrilled to see that I had won. The game arrived shortly thereafter and I re-learned it.
I introduced my dad to it in a two player game. After playing through (and winning), I decided this really wasn't a stellar 2P game. I mean, it wasn't awful - but the forced limiting of choices hurts the cause. This game will play ok with 3, but it looks like it's tops with 4.
Sometimes when it's not my turn, I'm guilty of fiddling with pieces. This game is GREAT for that. The wooden bits are just BEGGING to be stacked and designed. I love the way the city bits are made - they are just really cool.
Like I said, no cool stories other than who taught me and who I've taught. I really like the mechanics in this game and the cover art is also pretty stellar. It's easy to learn, easy to teach, and even a younger gamer would probably have fun with this one.
I own Hansa Teutonica, and have yet to play it - but these two games LOOK really similar. I like VR - still hoping to like HT ... whenever I get to learn it.