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Reading Boardgames Social 23 December 2014 24 December 2014

Quite a few people turned up for the Christmas Party (not actually all that party-like though the red bobble hats made an apparance).

We began with Skull, which is apparently what Skull & Roses is now called. Very simple rules, and reasonably subtle gameplay emergent from them, often a sign of a good game.

We moved on to Lifeboat, one that I've wanted to try for a while. It's vicious and nasty and if you didn't need at least five players for the full game it would be going on my buy list. But I already have The Resistance and I get to play that rarely enough.

Speaking of which, a couple of games of that came next, using the new components to play a fairly straight Merlin/Percival/Morgana/Assassin game. I found myself on the losing side both times, slightly unusual these days.

We went on to Coup, another of my favourites. (Though oddly the coins in this version, bought only a little after mine, had a plain grey rather than a shiny background.) Memo to self: not bluffing and not challenging very often works against people who want to do something rather than play a waiting game.

Tsuro next, with five players and some quick eliminations (including me), but it came down to the last-but-one tile. Well played by the newcomer.

Finally, several games of No Thanks!. You are trying to get the minimum score, but you have to pay a token not to pick up a card, and when you do you get all the tokens on it. This is a nasty and vicious game; quite fun, but I'm not sure it has the staying power for me to buy it.

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