In a change from my gaming group host's favourite game of Talisman, we played a game that was new to our group. It was one that our host picked up at UK games expo called the Fires of London. The board was really lovely, with a drawn map of London and wooden pieces.
To begin the game it said that the first player was the one who had been most recently to London. We sat around...we were in a kitchen in London! We agreed the host could go first as he had been to Soho that afternoon, and this counted as being more "in London" than the
area that the flat was in.
It took a while to set up, with stickers to fix to wooden pieces, and I had the strange occurrence of picking 5 starting cards which were all exactly the same. The game specifically states that you should swop if this happens, so i swopped two cards with another player and managed to get exactly the same two types of cards back!
A second attempt and I got some cards of different types.
We played a round or so and then...disaster! With an outflung hand, the host knocked a glass of water all over the board. There was a mad scramble to try and save the board and cards. I suppose that's one way to put out the fire of London!
We set the board up again and gave it a good go.
We gave it a good go, but I think we must have been doing something wrong, as the fire didn't really spread very far and it seemed a little simplistic and very quick in comparison to the amount of time it took to set it up.
To round off the evening I proposed a game of Cards Against Humanity.