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Thirsty Meeples November 2016 25 November 2016

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

We started with a couple of games of Small Star Empires; I bought this at Essen but haven't yet got my own copy to the table. I like this one: it's a space empire-building game with no space battles, and the board gradually becomes blocked off in the manner of Hey, That's My Fish!. It's pleasantly quick to play, too. Definitely one I'll bring along as a filler to other sessions.

Next, a return to Pandemic: Contagion, which still has badly-written rules but I think we did a better job of understanding them than last time. It's still awfully random, though.

As is the very new Shadow Games, in which you're trying to gather favours to buy a star player for your mediæval football team… all right, you're trying to get five cubes of the same colour. It's a bluffing game broadly in the style of Coup, but with more cards, and it would very much reward effective counting… but what you actually have available to bluff with varies greatly from turn to turn.

We finished off with a slight variation: Timeline: British History is very new (including the Brexit vote), and we haven't learned the few obscure cards inside-out yet. One to play again.

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