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Marlow Tabletop and Board Games 16 April 2018 25 April 2018

This Meetup-based boardgames group continues to meet at the Marlow Donkey. I missed the last meeting through having been too tired after driving back from the Eastercon.

With nine of us playing, we started with Saboteur – the usual suspects accused me of being on Team Evil, which I was only once. But I did manage to be on the winning team every time, and completed one of the tunnels, so I ended up winning comfortably.

Four players split off for Pandemic and 7 Wonders, while the other five of us played Homeland: the Game… where I was, inevitably, the terrorist mole. This feels a lot like Battlestar Galactica but with less extraneous complexity (while not being as stark about find-the-traitor as The Resistance).

Since I am already aware that I suffer from beard-induced paranoia in other people, I played it very straight as a loyal agent (since nobody could prove I wasn't, even by colluding); nobody suspected me, and although things ended a round earlier than I'd expected, I still managed to come second.

I rather liked it; by having three classes of role, the third one being the opportunist who wants some terrorist plots to succeed so as to gain political resources, there's better camouflage for treacherous behaviour. And a faintly dodgy-looking third-party Amazon seller had new copies for under six quid, so I have one now.

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