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SpringCon 22 August 2015 24 August 2015

Back to this small quarterly boardgames convention in Watford.

I started as usual with Nicola Zealey's customised Wings of Glory, this time in a plain fight rather than a scenario. I had a Siemens-Schuckert D.III, with excellent climbing and turning abilities.

We also started much closer together than usual, to initiate the dogfight quickly. In the initial pass, the usual luck of the cards quickly told, and the two aircraft that had ganged up on a third came off worse than the one they'd attacked.

On the other hand I did manage to set both the enemy planes on fire before being shot down.

The enemy Brisfit was chivvied back over his own lines, and the two remaining planes got into a turning fight, won by my ally.

A team victory, mostly by the other player on my side, but it was still a satisfying game. Pity the damage cards are so random, but that's life.

We tried Spyfall next; it's been getting a lot of buzz lately. I found it all right, though I wasn't as grabbed by it as some people were; it seemed to get a bit samey even after three rounds.

We went on to Mars Attacks: The Dice Game, which I haven't played since it was newly out. It's been characterised as Zombie Dice with a bit more strategy, and I think that's fair. I thought I'd been doing reasonably well, but ended up coming last.

Lastly Splendor, one I haven't had out for a while because of the size of the box relative to the size of the game. I must find a way of packing this into something smaller, which will mean writing a compact rule sheet.

I tried concentrating on a couple of colours, going for the red/green/blue and red/blue nobles.

In the end I got one of them, but there weren't any reds on the table for me to get the other. So I ended up simply grabbing two victory points to win.

First Splendor I've won for a while. This is another one I should get out more often.

It was getting too hot to think straight, so I came away. Thanks to Lawrence for organising things again. The next one will probably be on 28 November, but details will in any case be on Boardgamegeek.

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