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Thirsty Meeples January 2017 06 February 2017

Back to the boardgame café on a mildly snowy night. With images; cc-by-sa on everything.

First game of the evening was Colony, which looks a lot like a deckbuilder (with the standard box layout to let you pick out specific cards) but actually felt in play rather more like Alien Frontiers: a minimally themed game where you have to roll dice and decide how to use them to buy various different benefits. I mis-counted the number of players (!) and thought I had longer to catch up than I did. I didn't particularly enjoy it, but I felt the same way about Alien Frontiers on first play, and now I own a copy.

We went on to Isle of Skye, since it's one of the two games I recommend as "like Carcassone, only actually pleasant to play". (The other is Cacao.) We used the standard first-game scoring tiles, and I fell behind badly at first, but used the bonus cash to catch up and take a late win. I actually feel I'm getting better at this game (I only play it once or twice a year).

And the traditional Timeline: British History to finish, where I messed up badly on the first game and another player messed up slightly less badly on the second. I think it's still mostly broken for us though.

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