Quadropolis is a city-building game played over four rounds. In each round, a grid of buildings is laid out, and each player takes turns in playing an 'architect' (basically a marker) on a free row or column of the grid. The markers are numbered 1 to 4, and the number specifies the tile you have to take and place in your city.
Some buildings generate people and/or energy, and most buildings need people or energy to 'power' them (i.e. score) but an excess of people or energy at the end of the game will lose you points. Plus, certain combinations or layouts of buildings in your city can earn big bonuses, so it's a balancing act between getting the juicy buildings for lots of VPs, while getting just enough dudes and energy needed to power them.
It's a good game. It's light/medium weight, it plays very quickly, and it has the fantastic Days of Wonder production quality that will make it very attractive to families or new gamers. I enjoyed it a lot.
Game 1 - David 53, Justin 51, Paul 37 Game 2 - Paul 56, Justin 52, David 51
Odin's Ravens is a great little two-player race, in which you try to fly your raven to the end of the earth track and back.
Each player has personal decks of Flight cards and Loki cards. On your turn, you can play any cards from your hand, then draw three cards (again, in any combination) from the two decks, with a total hand limit of seven cards.
Flight cards are used to travel over matching landscapes and (if you can plan it) a single card can be used to fly over multiple matching landscapes. Loki cards are used to help you (or hinder your opponent) by shortening the track, adding loops, rotating cards etc.
It's a fairly quick (30 mins?) game, it's very easy to play, has some randomness in the card draw, but is good fun and the artwork in the new release is absolutely gorgeous!
Final score: My raven made it home first, one turn ahead of Justin's, but it was VERY close!
By the way, the history of this game is very interesting. The original game was published in 2002 and then went out of print. A second edition was funded on Kickstarter in 2013, but the project creator buggered off with the $22K raised. However, this sorry tale has a happy ending - Osprey Games picked up the rights and published a new version (this is the copy I have) and they were unbelievably generous in giving every Kickstarter backer a free copy. Isn't that great?
We played a four-player game of Die Dolmengotter at the end of the evening. It's a fun, thinky abstract with a silly hippy theme - stones, herbs and flying anyone? Anyway, I'm rubbish at it of course, but I do like it.
Final scores: Alan 70, Bart 65, David 55, Roger 53