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Marlow Tabletop and Board Games 7 September 2020 11 September 2020

This Meetup-based boardgames group remains on-line for the moment; as usual we got together on Jitsi and then played some games on BoardGameArena.

I'd read up on Dice Forge and we tried that first - a new game to all of us. In spite of the mechanics of the race alteration, though, this is basically a standard racing deckbuilder in the Dominion vein: get resource A to improve your die, build up resources B and C to take heroic quest cards which give you glory. It's quite fun, and I'll play it again if people are interested, but it didn't pull me in. May be more fun with the fiddle factor of actual interchangeable die faces.

Next, Colt Express, a bit fiddly in this interface, but I pulled off a win (just barely) thanks to the shootiest bandit bonus plus the strongbox. The BGA version doesn't include any of the expansions, and I miss the playable Marshal and the horses, but this is still good fun.

Two games of Incan Gold/Diamant in which nearly every first card was a hazard, and in the second game at least two expeditions were cut short by hazards even before any treasure had been discovered. Moral: run away early and often.

Finally, Potion Explosion, which may have gone on a little long but was as enjoyable as always. (I'd have done a lot better if I hadn't conflated "pool" with "area containing ingredients drawn this turn" near the end, which now that I think about it I believe may be a mistake I've made before.)

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