As for gaming, I've played two games this past month (three if you count the aborted Kingmaker game with my youngest son) -- one a new game (Conquest of Paradise), the other an update of an old favorite (Britannia).
Conquest of Paradise
I can't really say it better myself. This is the first (and probably only) game I've ever played of that theme. At first I thought it was European conquest of the Polynesia region, but soon found out it was the original conquest of the area by natives. I thought that was an interesting take. The components are top notch and I really enjoyed the game mechanics.
|My Position at the End of the Game|
Another reason I won is because I "discovered" New Zealand (rich and lucrative) right next to my home island, and my opponents waited until the last turn to mount an attack on me, which failed due to the defenses I had built up and my "stop an invasion" card.
Overall, it was a fun game--although I'm not sure how often I'll play it. It's definitely not an "I have to get this game," but if someone suggests it I'll play.
|Avalon Hill Edition|
|The Welsh Resurgence (Fantasy Flight)|
The version I played was the updated Fantasy Flight version. The rules and game played just about the same, but the components were given the "Fantasy Flight" treatment (better graphics, more color, etc).
Unlike Conquest of Paradise, this is a game I will likely buy in the near future.