A timely win

For this week’s session, I was initially joined by Amiram, John, and Roy.

We began with El Grande, an old and venerable classic game of area control.


I ran through a quick rules explanation – Amiram had not played it before – and off we went. After a couple of rounds, John went into the lead and never looked back. He would have to look long and hard over his shoulder, as he was in front by quite a margin. For most of the game, Roy was something of a challenger, and Amiram and I were fighting it out to avoid last place! Great fun, and it fairly moves along. Well done on the win, John.

Laurie joined us late and we switched to Metro.


This is a nifty tile laying game where you get points for connecting your stations to destinations. The longer the track, the more points. I explained the rules to all the other players, and play got underway.

Early scoring was bitty and conservative, as people took their time to get to grips with the game play. However, by the time we reached the mid game, everyone was keen to offer advice on tile placement so as to stab people in the back – mostly me! – and crush their spirit keep their score down.

Scoring was relatively close, with the lead switching between several of the players. However, Roy’s last connection was the top score and shot him into the winning position. Well done, Roy!