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Uxbridge Boardgames 23 February 2014 24 February 2014

Since a planned session at home had to be called off, I went along to Uxbridge for an afternoon of games.

This time we started off with a couple of rounds of Cuatro, a building game with dice-based placement; it's a sort of combination of Poker Dice and Connect 4. Quite fun, a good first game of the day, but not a monster of subtle strategy.

We moved on to a minor classic, Alhambra. This is the sort of game at which I usually do quite badly, and I did again, though I managed more or less to keep up with the pack even if I did end up last as expected.

We gave Space Cadets: Dice Duel a try, but the non-turn-based structure and the fact that we were all novices pretty much sunk this one; it needs even more inter-player coordination than its big brother Space Cadets. I don't expect to play this again even though all the custom dice are very pretty.

We went on to Mascarade, which reminds me of a more complicated version of Coup. Unfortunately it relies heavily on being able to remember where cards have been as they move round the table, something at which I'm very bad. It's fun, but I never have any hope of a win.

We finished with a couple of 8-player rounds of The Resistance: Avalon. We've played this a few times now, and I think people have mostly got the hang of it. Most of my strategy comes from play-by-forum games, where tells are obviously less important and the public voting record is more so. Need to play more face to face. Key tip for the rebels: vote down missions if you're not 100% happy about them. (This is the error made in the otherwise highly entertaining TableTop play session: people voted up missions they weren't sure about.)

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  1. Posted by Owen Smith at 06:23pm on 24 February 2014

    I'm glad you found something useful to do.

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