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Thirsty Meeples June 2016 19 June 2016

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

We started with Cacao, one of the two recent "like Carcassone but more fun" games that I've tried at mini-Tringcons.

This continues to be a game I enjoy playing occasionally; I wouldn't want to take it out every week, which is pretty much what it takes to earn a spot in my limited shelf space, and it could get extremely complex with expert players, but it's still good fun if taken lightly.

Car Wars the Card Game next, with a series of games until one of us reached the overall "ace of aces" victory point value. While having more than two players obviously adds some welcome complexity and diplomacy, it also means that eliminated players may be sitting idle for ten minutes or more. There are some strategies here, but there's no point of thinking of them in advance, as you're at the mercy of the randomness of the 150-card pack. I said about the first edition, and I still think, that it would be nice if there were some aspect of vehicle design to the game, even if it were just a matter of picking your initial five cards in some way.

We finished off the evening with the traditional Timeline, this time in its General Interest incarnation.

This is rather more our speed than some other versions; all of us got card placements wrong someties, rather than seeing the game turn into a simple question of whether someone will mess up or whether it'll be another three-way draw (as we've found with Historical Events and Inventions).

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