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Reading Boardgames Social 25 February 2014 26 February 2014

This group usually meets on Wednesday evenings, which I can't make, but has one Tuesday a month.

We started with four-player Hanabi, a game I've been wanting to try for a while. It's cooperative, and uses a reverse card technique: others can see what's in your hand, but you can't. The key to play is in the clues you give to other players about their hands, not just in content but in timing; for example, if you say to someone "those cards are all twos", you're probably implying that now would be a good time to play one of them. We rapidly exhausted our supply of clue tokens, but still had a good time, and nearly pulled out a victory.

Four-player Coup was next, part of one player's attempt to play all this year's Golden Geek nominees. For me this definitely wins over Mascarade by removing the memorisation element that I'm so horribly bad at, and provides a short, fast-moving, enjoyable game.

We finished off the evening with a three-player game of Flash Point, on a new map I've been asked to test. Although it has a reputation as a tough one, we managed to get the initial fires suppressed and were never in serious danger of losing. This was another team that came together well, with an effective three-zone defence.

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