Games Night – Command and Colours Ancients and Catan

Command and Colours Ancients - Scenario one - Syracuse v Carthage - just when I wanted cards for the left and centre I got them for the right
Command and Colors Ancients – Scenario one – Syracuse v Carthage – just when I wanted cards for the left and centre I got them for the right

Tonight was games night. Packed myself and Command and Colors Ancients, the basic set, eventually into a taxi and headed up to Bukit Timah and Anthony’s. Dinner was cooked by the nice Filipino lady at the Korean Restaurant under Anthony’s condominium. Bulgogi for him and kimchi bokumbab (kimchi fried rice) for me.

The kimchi must have got me fired up.

We started with Command and Colors. The first scenario is reasonably well balanced unless you get a wicked distribution on the cards. We both got wicked distributions.

This was as much a learning (for him) and relearning (for me) exercise as I had not played this for two years.

Overall the game went fairly smoothly with just a couple of rule errors brought about by unfamiliarity again. It took Anthony a few turns to get into the idea of the game and start to see how the command and control worked. It was a close fought game with the final result 5 flags to 4.

We then decided to play Nor’s Christmas present – Settlers of Catan. I have never played this before so I was very interested in seeing how well it worked. It works well. Like all good games, it is a simple game to learn but it can be a difficult game to master. I particularly like the way that you can sometimes have to rethink and alter your strategy half way through the game as one of the other players strategies cuts across yours.

I’ll definitely be looking at playing more of Catan in the future. Oh, and it was a nice win for me on my first game – build cities, build cities!

A great Friday night in good company.

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