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Boxing Day Boardgames 2016 19 January 2017

On Boxing Day because it's a tradition now (i.e. we did it last year), a bunch of us without family commitments got together for boardgames. Like the last session here, we stayed together as one big group.

We began the day with a couple of warm-up rounds of Tsuro, which was surprisingly tactical given that it was the eight-player version.

Went on to Captain Sonar, three new players, still in the turn-based mode. Nobody else wanted to take over the captain's job from me; we won the first game, and got a mutual kill on the second (finally got to try out the Bravo map).

Over lunch there was Guillotine and smoking. (Yay! More reprobates!)

Then we dove into Steampunk Rally, yet another of those games that I would like to play more often than I get a chance to.

The pack soon started to separate, but what was Tesla up to sitting at the starting line?

As von Zeppelin I had a neat, streamlined machine.

Tesla stayed back for several turns to pick and choose parts and build a huge machine, then moved twelve spaces in one turn, losing about half the machine to do so but taking a creditable place in the middle of the pack.

… and finishing second overall, after Einstein. Lovelace third; von Zeppelin over the line; Bell, Carver, Ayrton and Edison also ran.

I've never done this eight-player before, and we found ourselves running short of dice at times (especially during the Tesla Monstrosity Incident). Took a while, and it was tricky for the new players to pick up, but I think all enjoyed it in the end.

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