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Reading Boardgames Social 25 November 2014 26 November 2014

We got up to five with another newcomer, and mostly played Avalon.

Two games got us into the swing of things, first with just the base loyalist/traitor game to show the two people who hadn't played before how it worked (and as can sometimes happen it came off feeling a bit simplistic), then the second time adding in Merlin and the Assassin: a harder-fought game and one that showed how the thing can work right.

For a bigger game, we moved on to Dead of Winter, taking the base scenario (get samples from lots of dead zombies). We deliberately excluded the option of a betrayer, but in the quest for individual goals several of us may not have had the welfare of the colony entirely at heart. (Though the worst was probably the cops who offered the key to the police station gun safe: they gave us any weapons found out of out of eight cards in the station, but it had already been picked clean, and in return we had to have three of the six external locations free of zombies as an additional victory condition. "Thanks, Matt.")

Which, to be fair, only delayed us by one turn. We took some heavy losses, but Sparky the Stunt Dog got everyone fired up with his virtuoso guitar playing, and we kept things together long enough for victory. This was definitely the easiest game I've had so far, largely because the Crossroads cards broke very much in our favour. We even all achieved our individual secret objectives!

Another regular dropped by, and we finished off with six-handed Avalon, in which I ended up as the Assassin and pulled off a last-minute win by picking Merlin out of the rebels: she did a good job of not being too obvious about giving advice, but all her team picks had been correct ones.

The next fourth-Tuesday will probably be the Christmas Party. (Of Doom?)

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