Yesterday brought me long-awaited In the Shadow of the Emperor. So far I’ve marvelled at the bits and read the rules few times, and I must say I’m quite thrilled. It sure looks like an interesting game, with a particularly heavy doze of theme. It sounds so good in theory I can’t wait to see how it turns out in practise. Hopefully I’ll find out tomorrow.
The same package contained Farfalia, a five-player trick-taking game. I’m not sure how useful that’ll end up to be, as the game is basically five players only, but hey — I thought it had something going for it. At least the game has very interesting partnership structures: dealer plays alone against two partnerships. Partnerships change every round, so everybody ends up being paired up with everyone else. Sounds neat.