What have The Sentry Box staff been up to – June 6-12

Gutenberg is a new release from Portal Games that Kris and Gill got on to the table this week for a two player learning game. “I was really impressed when I was opening up the box as there is a really cool themed storage solution and everything went together really well. Whilst punching the tokens and skimming the rules it felt quite intimidating as heavier euro games are not really our default, but as we went through the first round or two we picked it up and the game flowed really easily with two players. We ended up playing an extra round just rather than discounting the first turn so that we already go 6 real turns in, which meant that my printing press cogs all lined up to score me a bonus 12 points in that turn, which considering I won by 10 points was quite a turn of events…We both ended the game having really enjoyed it and are looking forward to playing a “real” game now that we have the basics down. There are a few cool mechanics that we both enjoyed, the bidding for initiative over the 5 phases of each round was really good fun, and with it being just the two of us, lead to some fairly warped extreme bids to ensure that we got what we want or messed up each other’s plans. The way you assemble your printing press works really well, and even after reminding myself every round, or when placing new cogs I still messed up the counter rotation for a turnĀ :rolling_on_the_floor_laughing:Definitely a keeper for us though!”

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