Struggle for Rome is a Settlers of Catan variant that we picked up in Rome. Unfortunately, the version we bought has only Italian rules. Here are various resources for the game:
Board Game Geek page, including translations of the quick reference cards in PDF format.
Mayfair games page: Home page for the English version of the game
ProfEasy tutorial, for a quick English introduction to the game.
Reviews: one, two.
I flew to Las Vegas to join Chris and Jarred at David and Nicole's for a weekend of board gaming. We started from the moment we got to Dave's house, and played through the weekend. We got in a lot of games...
Saturday we started with Blind Justice, where you play trial lawyers in the 80s. It's a solid game; Jarred continued his winning streak, making it to the end while we were still struggling in district court.
We also played a few games of Guillotine, which was good silly fun. Many heads were collected...
We gathered a different group tonight; Emily and Jennifer D were able to show, since I wasn't scheduling against their classes. Unfortunately, Jerret and Dad were both feeling ill, so they weren't able to make it. My Jennifer was much peppier and joined us for the first couple of games.
We started with a game of Killer Bunnies. After mighy struggles, a micro black hole and other warfare, Jennifer D had the magic carrot.
Then we moved on to Medici. I did pretty well on the first day of trading; on the second Emily and I both crossed 100. The game wound up ending much closer than it looked after the first couple of rounds-- I think we each finished between 120 and 145, with Emily the victor.
We finished up with a fun game of Fluxx-- after some play and a lot of resets and low draw rates, Ben finally pushed himself and me to victory with the goal 5 Keepers.
We had a short crew tonight, but got in a couple of fun games. We also got to enjoy Jerret's birthday and some Chinese food, so it was a merry night indeed.
We started with Ticket to Ride Europe. We started out with most of us (Jennifer, me, and Jerret) building in France and West Germany, with Dad hiding out in Russia. Our paths tangled a bit but diverged pretty quickly; I headed north to Sweden, Jerret headed north to Edinburough, Jennifer headed into the Alps, and Dad expanded to the west.
Zach was in town, so we got together and had a big day of gaming. It was a lot of fun-- we pulled out a lot of pointed competition games. The antagonism around the table was fun...
We began with Web of Power. Zach, Dad, and I hadn't played in a long time, while this was Jerret's first time. The first game was hard fought, but Zach's advisors really bailed him out in the final count-- he rose from last to first on their strength. Even so, the final scores were pretty close.
This was a short night-- real life clipped both ends short. We got in a game of Ticket to Ride and a couple of quick games of For Sale.
Ticket started out with Ben and Jennifer springing from Denver, heading south and east from there. I had Pheonix-Portland and Salt Lake-Calgary, so I ran a strange route: Pheonix-Denver-Helena-SLC-Portland-Seattle-Calgary. Everyone looked at me very strangely for that route...