Following our Kingmaker epic which went on over several evenings, we decided to try something a bit more concise for our latest attempt at family time (I'm not sure a back-stabbing game like Kingmaker is conducive to family bonding anyway).
This time I suggested Carcassone. I'm guessing everyone's familiar with this but the gist of the game is to control cities, roads and monasteries that are laid down by each player. While my wife is incredibly tolerant of my hobbies, games aren't really her thing although she does usually manage to win. I suspected this would be more up her street...partly because I knew she's quite enjoyed playing a travel version of Settlers of Catan but also because it's pretty time limited (once all the tiles are played the game is over) so I suspected she be keener on this that an 4 day Kingmaker epic.
I haven't actually played this for ages so I was a bit rusty on the mechanics and this quickly showed when wife and son shot ahead of me on the points table...my son has a nasty tendency to stitch opponents up by making it really difficult to play the tiles you want due to his careful placement.
I knew Callum had read through the rules (they're only 4 pages long) but forgot Elaine hadn't and wasn't fully aware of the impact that counters deployed as farmers can have in the final points tally. I managed to grab lots of points right at the game end and win but a little bit unfairly as the others hadn't realised the potential for this. Now I feel quite bad...
I guess we'll have to settle it via rematch!