So, the most important point I will make in this whole article: my spouse is the most considerate person. She never played board games before we met and have put in a concerted effort to learn about my passions and engage in them. Part of that has involved her always asking about the games I play when I go to my board game club. Now, one week, another member had recieved his copy of #Architects of the West Kingdom and brought it along and I had an absolute blast. I came home raving about it to my patient partner, who little did I know secretly makes lists of all the games I talk positively about.
(@shem84 on BGG)
Skip to a few months later on my birthday, and what pops up but a copy of this wonderful game (she also got me #Raiders of the North Sea or Christmas, cause she's the best). We didn't immediately play it because we then went away for the weekend and it went onto the shelf. The same member of the club I go to also absolutely loves the game, so would bring it with him on a regular basis, and I cycle to the club so usually only bring smaller games so as not to damage them, so I found myself playing the game fairly regularly but always someone else's copy. As such for probably a good 6 months or so it sat on my shelf, waiting for an opportunity.
(@hank.rolleman on BGG)
Finally, at the start of the lockdown, now bereft of my board game club, the urge to play it crept up and we played it at 2P for the first time: finally free of the shelf of shame. As I am sure I have written on this site numerous times, I really like the mechanics of this game, it is a really enjoyable play on worker placement and the multiple routes to victory are a lot of fun. I definitely prefer it at higher player counts, but it worked well at 2 and the little engines you can build are super fun. I highly recommend this game to anyone who hasn't tried it yet, it has a great balance of puzzle, player interaction (there is a wonderful little ecosystem with putting meeples in prison) and themeing. It is my favourite of the series I have played.