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Reading Boardgames Social 24 February 2015 25 February 2015

Nine players this time, though a couple had to leave early.

We began with the light and silly Om Nom Nom. Wolves eat rabbits which eat carrots, cats eat mice which eat cheese, hedgehogs eat frogs which eat flies. The lower two in each food chain come up as dice, while you start the round with six cards, one for each of the upper members in the chain. When you play a card, you score the things that sort of animal eats, as long as you don't get eaten.

The trick is to choose when to play each card so that you (a) aren't being eaten by something higher up your chain but (b) find plenty of things to eat yourself, and (c) don't have to share with too many others. Rather to my surprise, I won by a mile.

We went on with a nine-player game of The Resistance, a 3-0 spy win: I blame myself for not being more forceful about the need to vote down missions.

We split, and one group went for Keyflower; I was in the other one, playing Suburbia (with some of the tiles from Suburbia Inc., but not the borders).

Seems whenever I let other people choose their colours I end up with yellow.

Things started off fairly conventionally. (That Postal Service had just been knocked loose when I took the picture. It was up next to the Suburb.) The Water Filtration Plant was horribly expensive, though, and I took a big population hit to pay for it.

Doubling it was a kill-or-cure move. Another player had the Plant and a doubled Homeowners Association; a third had a doubled Homeowners Association. So like last time I played, I couldn't build houses without giving away free money to my opponents. At this point it was clear that my suburb wasn't financially viable in the long term, and I ended up putting in lots of peripheral lakes in the later turns; I just had to survive to the end of the game without going completely bankrupt.

And I did, winning by claiming the Fewest Tiles public goal (my personal goal was most tiles, let's not talk about that), Air Traffic Controller, and the Harbormaster (which seems to come up every time I play).

I really wasn't expecting to win. (Black, who had to leave two-thirds of the way through the game, was comfortably ahead at that point and would probably have beaten me.)

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