So, lots of gaming over the Christmas hols. In no particular order:
Catan 5/6 player expansion. Really different to the 4 player in a number of ways. Firstly, an extra resource tile means availability is averaged out, and so it's now very unlikely that a single resource will be scarce, and very difficult to corner the market accordingly. That said, with more people comes the possibility that one player can be crushed by the weight of opposition, and so individually players are a lot more vulnerable to being locked out of the game. Very good though, feels like a more mature realising of the island, a Heath Ledger to the 4 player version's Jack Nicholson.
Warhammer Invasion. Nifty little Living Card Game based around defending your capital (aren't they all). Very good flavour, plays out in half an hour average, totally finje as a game out of the box without needing to spend £trillions on booster packs, and all in all a happy little palate cleanser of a game.
Lords of Waterdeep. Lovely, malicious, conniving resource allocation game. Still suffers from the 'everyone playing their own solo game in parallel' problem you get with these sorts of games and Intrigue cards (the only real interaction) are overexpensive with less than four players and it is quite a basic ruleset, but it builds well, caters for multiple strategies and is done in an hour, no problem.
Space Hulk. Still as brilliant as the original, still hard as NAILS for the Space Marines. There's a reason this is so expensive on ebay, it's the XCOM to Space Hulk's UFO, and the models are GORGEOUS.
LB, you really are a massive geek.