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TringCon revived, 7 April 2018 08 April 2018

This small one-day boardgaming event has been resurrected with new organisers, but still at the same village hall in Deepest Buckinghamshire. At 20-odd people it was quite a bit smaller than the 70 or so who filled the hall on previous occasions, and I'm not sure why. With images; cc-by-sa on everything.

We started with Castellan while we waited to attract some other players.

Once they arrived, we played Colt Express with four; I won as the Marshall, but more importantly everyone had a decent time.

I got out Deception: Murder in Hong Kong, which wasn't at its best with four (possibly worth going with the five-card setup here to make things easier for the murderer).

Next came Glory to Rome, a Carl Chudyk design with (surprise!) multi-purpose cards. It's a little fiddly but with some thought I think I managed to play a creditable game.

A rare four-handed game of Illimat next, where one of the new players did best. We didn't play to the full 17 points, but called the game on account of tea. I still rather like this one; it's not my usual style of game but it has visual appeal and the gameplay is solid too.

Back to Deception, now with six players and rather more effective (particularly as we could bring in the Witness and Accomplice roles).

By this point I was feeling fairly tired (after a 7.45 start to get here for the beginning of the day), and went home. The next one's on 29 September, which clashes with the YSDC Games Day for me. I hope it continues and gets its numbers back with the new organisers.

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  1. Posted by Michael Cule at 12:10pm on 08 April 2018

    I'm just glad I didn't get to be the murderer in any of the games of DECEPTION. I am certain sure that I tend to overact when I'm the bad guy. It happened when I was playing SECRET HITLER: my imagination fills the part too strongly.

  2. Posted by RogerBW at 03:36pm on 08 April 2018

    In The Resistance (my favourite social deduction game), I am generally accused of being a spy. I now tell people before we start that I am likely to be thought to be a spy. This is particularly handy when I am a spy.

  3. Posted by Michael Cule at 04:39pm on 09 April 2018

    There is just something about your air of brooding beardiness that makes people suspect you.

    I on the other hand am the cuddly one.

    (And now I think of it, I believe that the thing that always makes me suspect people of lying is talking too much. Them, I mean.)

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