Posted by James (admin) on 12th June 2014
Lewis & Clark is a game about the famous explorers’ journey across North America and the players race along the route from St Louis to Fort Clatsop (on the Pacific coast) which is a sequence of river and mountain spaces. The winner is the first player to make camp at Fort Clatsop.
Players have characters (cards) and Indians (meeple) which they use to take actions which earn resources and, ultimately, advance their scout. Each player starts with a board showing several boats (and they can gain more) which is where they store their resources and Indians. The boats limit how much a player can carry but they have another important role/effect too when it comes to making camp.
On their turn, a player can ‘make camp’ which moves their camp marker to where their scout is, plus they pick-up all their played cards back into their hand. However, before placing the camp marker, the scout must first move backwards a number of spaces based on how many unplayed cards the player has, plus the resources/Indians in their boats. Each boat specifically carries resources or Indians – some carry items without penalty, some have a flat rate cost regardless of contents, and some have a penalty for every item in the boat. Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted by James (admin) on 30th November 2013
Now that the dust has settled following Spiel in Essen (due to work, sickness, voting on some awards, and life in general), I am finally able to start writing reviews of the games released this year. Unlike other years, I didn’t get to play many of the big releases until after Spiel, rather than during it; however, I have played many now (and there’s still a sizeable pile still to play too) and can report there were loads of great games this year.
However, in advance of all the full reviews, I thought I’d post briefly about what I’ve played so far. Last week, was a busy week with a chance to play a lot of games. I’ve played Russian Railroads with 2 and 4 players now and it’s an excellent meaty eurogame with some pretty tough decisions, especially as there are lots of possible ways to make points but spreading yourself too thinly across a lot of them is not likely to turn out so well. S0, you need to have a plan as well as a plan on what to do if progressing the first plan isn’t possible because other players get in the way. Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted by James (admin) on 26th August 2013
Lewis & Clark is a race to be the first player whose camp reaches the Pacific Ocean. Players have cards, indians and resources and each player has a board showing several boats in which they store their resources and indians, and which boat these are placed in also makes a difference too.
Cards are dual use (double-sided) – they can be used for their action, or for their strength. When a card is played to perform an action, it must be accompanied with either another card and/or indians to set its strength which determines how many times the action can be performed. Actions allow players to move their scout forwards, gather other resources, improve their expedition, etc. Quite often the number of resources gained is based on the card you and your neighbouring payers have in front of them.
Players can also send indians from their exploration party to the village to perform actions there instead. During the game, the player advances their scout across the country and, at times, they will move their camp forwards. Players who use/allocate most of their resources and indians before they move their camp will advance the most. Read the rest of this entry »
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