Finally in bed after a relaxing but a somewhat unique weekend. I went to work for one day on Friday, caught up on hundreds of emails, and figured out my schedule for the next couple of weeks. Then I spent the rest of the weekend housesitting our friend’s dog with my Judy. It was actually rather fun, laid back, and allowed us to lay off spending after our Taiwan vacation.
The coolest part was that my copy of Caverna: The Cave Farmers arrived way ahead of schedule, so we got to play it all weekend.
Playing a few games of Lords of Waterdeep the other week really got me itching for some worker placement type games. Judy really loves Waterdeep and I like the idea of non-confrontational play and have always wanted to try a true complex Eurogame. We played Dominant Species, which I somewhat liked but found a bit frustrating and tiring, so I wanted to try one with a more friendly vibe.
Caverna was exactly what I wanted. A complex game with a great Fantasy theme, Dwarves need to come back IMHO, that is easy to learn but will take a long time for me to solve. Judy and I liked it so much we actually played four games this weekend and are sitting at a 2-2 record. Neither of us has gotten close to breaking 100 points yet.
I’m raising sheep, milking cows, growing pumpkins, and wheat, meanwhile, Judy is out there mining rubies and stockpiling ore. It’s quite fun.
I definitely get why Uwe Rosenberg is considered one of the best game designers. Caverna is a fantastic game. It makes me want to try out more of his games.
In other news, I finished Lyonesse: Suldrun’s Garden a few days ago. I loved it. Now I’m reading through the first Fritz Leiber collection, excellent writing.