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Thirsty Meeples July 2016 05 August 2016

Back to the boardgame café again. With images; cc-by-sa on everything.

The first game of the evening was Automobiles, the latest game from David Short who also designed the uninspiring-to-me Planes. This is a deck-builder based on cubes of different colours: yes, it could be done with cards instead, but I rather like the tactile qualities of rummaging around in a bag. "Gears" are standard for every game, while the coloured cubes mean different things each time (being selected from a larger set of roles much as one does in Coup: Rebellion G54), and the more one does the more "wear" (useless brown) cubes go into the bag.

I had a great time, and not only because I won. Yeah, all right, the track is in shades of grey and it doesn't look anything like as sexy as the box art suggests (a problem in common with AEG's Planes and Trains). But it's the second deck-builder I don't dislike (after Star Realms), I think in part because it too is not multiplayer solitaire: you're constantly interacting with other cars on the track. Definitely one to buy when funds and space allow. (And I can already see the shape of the cube stand I'll build.)

Next up was Munchkin Panic (of which a copy is now mine thanks to a cheap offer at Amazon). It's just that little bit tougher than standard Castle Panic, and rather enjoyable. We did exhaust the bag before everything fell apart, though we didn't win.

Arboretum next, a rather odd game; I enjoyed it in an odd way, but I don't think I want to play again. It's just a bit too consciously different from other set-collecting games. Can a boardgame be trying too hard?

Finally a couple of rounds of Timeline: Music and Cinema, where we broke it again on the first round (all getting all our choices right) and only just managed not to on the second. Maybe we should stick to the General Interest version.

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  1. Posted by Michael Cule at 12:26pm on 05 August 2016

    I was the grumpy player who hated digging the fiddly little cubes out of the trays. Cards! Cards, I say!

  2. Posted by RogerBW at 12:30pm on 05 August 2016

    My answer is to make a better cube-tray than that easily-toppled plastic thing. Or just have piles of them, on a larger table.

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