This evening Seth, Nicole, Dom and myself played Arkadia for the first time. It was one of this years finalistist in the Spiel des Jahres (German Game of the Year Awards - the board games equivalent of the Oscars and a VERY important thing over in Germany - the winner can easily sell upto 400,000-500,000 copies in the last six months of the year it wins in!!!).
Unfortunaely Arkadia didn't win (a game called Zolloretto won - I haven't played it yet but it's next on the hitlist I reckon). Arkadia, however, is an absolutely fantastic game. We all enjoyed it and have certainly put it on the list to play again.
I'd go as far as saying it's the best new game I've played in the last year. If you are into board games please go and check it out!
The evening was also really nice as it was Dom's return (even if only for a night) to the gaming group after his Gaming Paternity leave. Hopefully we'll start to see him a bit more as Niamh gets older and more settled. It was good to thrash his ass again :p