We started off with this new game by Thomas Odenhoven and published by Schmidt Spiele.
London, 1921. At the world famous Portobello Market, the goal in the morning is to secure the best places to build stalls. Try to place your stalls in the most lucrative manner, cut off your opponents, and grab the most profitable alleys for yourself. You can build only where the Bobby stands—but a little cash will make the Bobby stand where you want him to!
This was a quick game that played nicely but was almost too quick. In our game, I started off with some nicely placed stalls but made the mistake of using a whole turn to get the last three customers on the board so that the Lord went in a useful place for me. This denied me the opportunity of placing a few more stalls and gave Mark G the chance to place three stalls very near to the Lord. Nige had set himself up for some nice points at the end on uncompleted alleys but he came just one point short of catching Mark G.
I liked Portobello Market and it is a good choice for an end-of-evening selection as it can be played in 30-40 minutes.