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Thirsty Meeples April 2018 14 April 2018

Back to the boardgame café after a couple of months away. With images; cc-by-sa on everything.

Race for the galaxy is coming out in a new edition soon, and I wanted to remind myself about it. The symbology is still excessive, and I still came last, but I did enjoy it a great deal. Maybe it has too much in common with Alien Frontiers, in that you're gradually building your set of improvements? Maybe, but I don't think so.

We went on to Scalawag!, which is essentially a pirate-themed development of Coup. But since cards move in and out of your hands very quickly, it's much harder to mount an effective challenge. Not one I plan to revisit; Coup just does it better for me.

We finished with Shakespeare, rather longer and more in the heavy Euro direction than my usual sort of game… but I very much enjoyed it, since the theme meshes fairly well with the actions you're taking (hiring actors, building sets, holding rehearsals, trying to write an inspired play, etc., all in six days) and everything feels suitably shambolic. One that's gone on my "buy if I see it offered cheaply" list.

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  1. Posted by Michael Cule at 11:06am on 14 April 2018

    It was a distinct pleasure to play RACE FOR THE GALAXY with two people I can beat and I may have had more than my fair share of luck winning SHAKESPEARE.

    I still need a magnifying glass if I'm going to play RACE FOR THE GALAXY though.

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