This small one-day boardgaming event
happens twice a year in a village hall in Deepest Buckinghamshire, and
has been going for quite a few years. This was my fifth visit.
First game of the day was
Coup: Rebellion G54,
one I haven't had out for rather too long. I started with the standard
demo setup, and we went on to a second game with a random setup. I
continue to like this game (and original Coup); they're nasty and
sneaky. Yes, all right, original Coup gives you probably 80% of the
fun in a much tinier package, but I do like those variant roles…
next, with four players and nearly a three-way tie. (OK, I was third.)
This was another slightly odd card set: Car Chief, Crew Chief,
Aerodynamics, Turbo and Supercharged. Just as with G54, each time I
play this sort of game it comes out with a very different feel.
We went on to
Robo Rally 2016,
four players and a two-checkpoint course. After a hard fight and some
players being one board ahead at times, I came from behind for a
After a late lunch,
6 Nimmt!, possibly
not at its best with four players but still worth the shuffling.
And one that is at its best with four,
Red 7, still my
favourite small game.
Last game of the day was
Traders of Carthage,
which has now been rebranded as Traders of Osaka - but we played the
old version. The rulebook explains things very badly, but basically
you buy (presumably futures in) various goods, which causes the ship
carrying them to get closer to the destination, and when it gets there
everyone with that colour of goods can sell. But there are also
pirates and so on. It's basically a set-collecting speculation game,
and light but rather fun; I wouldn't rush out and buy it, but nor
would I turn it down if someone else wanted me to play.
The next Tringcon will happen on 30 September, though I shan't be
there as it clashes (as usual) with YSDC Games Day. There may not be
another after that.