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Boardgames at the Derehams 14 October 2016

As part of a sparsely-attended ThamesValley.pm meet, I got some boardgaming done in my local.

We'd both brought along some games on spec, and started with Scrimish, which turns out to be more or less a card-based reimplementation of Stratego, complete with Archers (spies), Shields (bombs, but no sappers) and the King (the flag). Setup is much quicker (divide 25 cards into five piles with the King at the bottom of one of them) and there's still tactical complexity, but at heart this too wants to be a memory game, and I'm always bad at them.

I then got out Red 7, which I haven't played enough of late (actually I haven't been doing enough boardgaming at all lately).

In pretty much the ideal outcome, I won the first game and lost the second. (Not deliberately!) This is the sort of game I can readily picture being played in a tavern by a bunch of old men with thimbles of horribly strong booze – which isn't true of most games I like.

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  1. Posted by Owen Smith at 02:09pm on 14 October 2016

    The pictures aren't showing today. Clicking on them gives 404 no found.

  2. Posted by RogerBW at 08:49pm on 14 October 2016

    There is no problem here.

  3. Posted by Chris at 09:34pm on 14 October 2016

    Two pictures in view here.

  4. Posted by RogerBW at 09:38pm on 14 October 2016

    Sorry, that should have been in a "desperately trying to pretend nothing was wrong" font. I've just been demoing boardgames for nine hours and my affect may be a little off. ("In this game you're going to be crime bosses, just as in real life…")

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