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Games played last night (2012-01-17)

Surya Van Lierde is pure Eurosnoot and proud of it!
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Good friends of ours love Race for the Galaxy just as much as we do. Except that we own and play all expansions, they hadn't played any of them yet. To we went over there to learn them the new expansions.

We kicked right off with the first expansion included, even though it had been months since they had played the base game. But it went over quite good, without much questions. So we went right on to the next expansion. We didn't use the take overs, we never do, and again this went very well, so as soon as the game was over I started explaining the third expansion. This is definitely the most drastic change to the game with quite some new features, but again, not to many questions. It will take some extra plays for them to get a good grasp on the new possible strategies, but I'd say it was a success.

We had a bit more time left, and they took out Castle Panic, which we hadn't played before. It's a co-operative game with only a single winner. Which is good. We came close to losing, or at least it felt that way, but in the end we made it with all walls destroyed, but all towers remaining.
It's very chaotic and has quite a bit of luck involved. If the monster/event tiles come out in a bad order, you can be seriously screwed without standing a chance. Which almost happened.

I liked it OK, it's an fine diversion, but I don't think I'd often request to play.

Initial rating: 6
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