Weekend Gaming: Castles, Caylus, and Firefly

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMost everyone was busy Saturday night, so Gina and decided to play Castles of Mad King Ludwig.  Gina was scoring quite a from the purple rooms, but I has a nice thing going with the L shaped rooms.  I managed to build every one of them so I received the bonus for the empty pile along with my bonus card for the same thing.  Gina had bonus cards for nearly everything she built as well, and we split the royal favors; she won for most square footage of hallways, while I had the most basement rooms.  After totaling everything up, the score was tied until we realized that the supply of stairs was also empty and needed to be scored.  My extra stairs ended up being the difference.

Joe was interested in a game at that point, so came over for Caylus.  I didn’t really have a strong plan, but I was trying to build as many buildings as possible.  I was doing alright, but had to switch things up about halfway through.  Gina was focused on contributing to the castle, while Joe was jousting and taking advantage of the favors.  I had stockpiled some cloth, so I began jousting in an attempt to get to the point where I could built the residential buildings.  I was successful in that, but it was far too little, too late.  Joe was in a position to build prestige buildings, and although I was able to build the castle, it wasn’t enough.  I ended up in third, while Joe took the win.

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Then on Sunday, Gina, Jax, and I played my new copy of Firefly: the Game.  It took a bit to get rolling.  Jax didn’t want to do anything evil, so he was looking for all the legal jobs he could get.  I started off with some simple deliveries before stopping at the Bazaar for goods and crew.  I had a strong crew with Jayne’s Hat, a fancy tie, and a fake ID.  I was ready to roll.  Gina was pretty much working delivery missions, and Jax had found one crime job to do.  He was having a tough time making trouble.  He didn’t have a ton of resources, but he was lucky.  He managed to roll two sixes in a row to complete the job, and shortly after had the funds needed to win the game.  He just needed to cross the galaxy – while short on fuel – before Gina or I could turn get to Ezra to do the same.  He had the advantage of turn order, and made the trip safely to claim victory.

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Until next time, happy gaming!

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3 Responses to “Weekend Gaming: Castles, Caylus, and Firefly”


  1. 1 gamestarterblog February 17, 2015 at 2:57 pm

    I’ve seen the Firefly game but know nothing about it and have never had the opportunity to play. Would you recommend this game to someone who like games based more on strategy than chance?

    • 2 Rkik February 17, 2015 at 5:24 pm

      Probably not. It really is meant to develop a story, not a strong strategy or competitive game. There is a lot of chance in the cards. It is a fun game for what it is, but you have to be interested in the story as opposed to the strategy.

      • 3 gamestarterblog February 17, 2015 at 9:00 pm

        Hmm… I do like the story. I didn’t watch it until after it was canceled and was disappointed it was cut short. I may try the game if I have the chance. Thanks.


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