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Boardgaming in Cambridge, December 2016 03 January 2017

With role-playing cancelled due to illness, I played some boardgames in Cambridge instead.

We started with Mysterium, to which four of the players were entirely new and one didn't know me very well either. In spite of that, we did make it to a group victory, if with the aid of rather a lot of crows (i.e. discarded vision-card hands). The players analysed it to a degree I haven't seen done before.

Then 7 Wonders, which I've played only once before. I ended up with Babylon again, tried to advance science, and failed dismally. I don't think this will ever be one of my favourite games, but I thought I understood slightly better what was going on this time – and did very much worse.

Still, a good evening.

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  1. Posted by Owen Smith at 02:50pm on 03 January 2017

    With 7 Wonders I didn't really twig how little having money left at the end is worth. I came second by one point with a pile of cash. I didn't build the Pantheon because it was expensive, but I had the cash (and some to spare) and the required resources. The points from the Pantheon would have given me a clear win by quite a few points. I was playing Egypt.

    I found Mysterium confusing. I lagged substantially behind the other players, but caught up just enough at the end to qualify the group for an overall win. The game is open to a lot of analysis of the mechanics, why would anyone not discuss it?

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