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Marlow Tabletop and Board Games 1 May 2017 19 May 2017

This Meetup-based boardgames group continues to meet at the Marlow Donkey – this time in the absence of our Glorious Leader.

First game of the evening was Love Letter, which I haven't played for a while and I'd forgotten some of the details of the rules – but whatever natural sneakiness I had seems still to be working.

I'd 3d-printed some custom loot for Colt Express, and we played that next - my first time with the Horses and Stagecoach expansion. I don't know quite what I did right, but I nailed it: rode to a front carriage for loot, then over to the stagecoach for hostage and strongbox, back to the locomotive for the other strongbox, and mostly staying out of people's way after that; with other loot my final haul was $4,450 - second place was in the $2,000-$3,000 range. I do need to put together a quick reference sheet to remind everyone of how you can move, ride and shoot between train and stagecoach.

I think this is a game that benefits strongly from component upgrades. After all, you could play the same game on a board that was simply a side view of the train… it just wouldn't be as much fun.

I think I am going to buy the Marshal and Prisoners expansion soon. And 3d-print some mailbag pieces to go with it.

Augustus next, packed into a much smaller box than the one it came in; it's been several years since I played this, but I still had fun even though I ended up doing terribly. It's not on my tentative "buy" list any more, but I'd still like to play it again.

We finished off with The Game (using cards from 6 Nimmt because why not), where we accidentally cheated by giving ourselves excessively large hands… but we did manage to complete the objective. Not sure this has a lot of staying power, but it was fun as a one-off.

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