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Thirsty Meeples October 2018 14 October 2018

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

Various games that we've been meaning to play have now been sent to the archives, and we weren't sufficiently organised to ask for them in advance. We started with Space Base, which I think could reasonably be described as a second generation of Machi Koro; it was agreeable, but none of us felt inspired to buy a copy, or for that matter to play it again – even the winner.

On to Heaven & Ale, a rather heavier Eurogame than our usual fare; you're trying to get various markers up the track, but your ways of doing so are very restricted, with a Tokaido-style track for choosing options. It was enjoyable and didn't overstay its welcome, and I can see how by playing repeatedly one could build up a strategy; and it's a lovely physical product, too; but the theme and mechanics are very much disconnected, and I didn't enjoy the first game enough to want to give it those repeated plays.

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  1. Posted by Michael Cule at 12:27pm on 14 October 2018

    I won the second one and any game in which I do that first time and don't get a burst of self-flattery and triumph is a little too dull.

    It was you two failing to exploit the 'barrels' rule that gave me the win rather than any brilliance on my part. And I do wish I could feel better about any game that gives such importance to sheds. A game mechanic designed to appeal to the British hobbyist of a certain age...

  2. Posted by RogerBW at 03:15pm on 14 October 2018

    I think you would probably have had the win even without my missing the barrels, though perhaps by fewer points. But I agree; I usually feel more positive about a (competitive) game if I win it on the first play.

    P. said something similar about his win of Space Base.

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