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Thirsty Meeples July 2015 15 July 2015

Back to the boardgame café. With images; cc-by-sa on everything.

But first, a sudden kickstarter:

Looks interesting if a bit on the light side; hex tiles aren't as common as I'd like. Not currently projected to reach its goal: BGG, Kickstarter.

First game of the evening was Jane Austen's Matchmaker, as distinct from Marrying My Darcy that some of us played at the January Stabcon. I though there was a lot of potential here, but the rules were rather buggy, with one strategy clearly being favoured. I think there's the core of a much better game in here, quite possibly using the same components.

I hadn't played Small World for years, and we gave this a go next. I opened with Ghouls, went on with Tritons and finished with Ratmen; this seemed to work fairly well, though the Halfling Maginot Line prevented a lot of potential late scoring. Looking at it with my modern game head on, I suspect rattling through races relatively fast makes sense: one big expansion turn, one small expansion, and one decline, perhaps.

We finished with Saboteur, which I enjoyed more than last time I played it. It's a bit odd as a three-hander, with only one saboteur (potentially none at all), and I still dislike the random scoring mechanic, but it works even so.

See also:
Uxbridge Boardgames 2 February 2014
Stabcon 2015

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