Tea for two and two for tea
Any of you in the UK will probably know about The Works, a chain of shops which mostly sell discount books. Over the last few years they have had a few batches of boardgames of the sort I like, and a few weeks back they started stocking a whole heap of games, including some pretty good stuff. I’ve bought quite a few of these, but the first that we have got around to playing is Darjeeling, a game about harvesting and shipping tea.
That theme has surely got you eagerly wanting to know more. So basically, this is about collecting sets of tiles, but there are some cute things with putting crates onto ships and scoring points for those crates every turn until enough other shipments have taken place, and there is a really clever way of tracking market demand for different types of tea with a sort of ramp that has wooden cylinders rolling down it. Really neat.
Anyway, the important thing is that Miss B clicked with the mechanics almost instantly. It is easy to forget to claim your victory points at the start of each turn, but everything else seems to be fairly straightforward. We have played a couple of times and there have been very few moans other than the first time when we ran out of time and had to stop early — Miss B wanted to keep going.
It is also worth knowing that the game time is listed on the box as 60 minutes, but our first full 2-player game with all the rules in play took us about 45 minutes, with Miss B not just ready to play all the time, but sometimes eagerly starting to take her turn before I had finished mine. As always, your mileage may vary, but for us this seems to be made of pure gold. It’s a decent Euro-style game that Miss B gets totally into and eats up every moment of. I have no idea whether this will change after we have played some more, but for now it is looking like a great purchase.
The verdict from Miss B (aged 7½): “I don’t know what to say about it because it’s too good. I give it 10 out of 10.”
The game: Darjeeling (Abacus Spiele), 2 to 5 players aged 12+.