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SpringCon 22 April 2017 15 May 2017

Back to this small quarterly boardgames convention in Watford. With images; cc-by-sa on everything.

I started the day with Thunderbirds, including all expansions (particularly the Hood as one of the players rather than a card-driven force) and some custom rules.

This went more smoothly than it has on previous plays: a couple of times we were within a card or two of losing, but in the end we made it with a couple of actions to spare. The expansions definitely make the game more interesting, even if they do lean heavily on getting the pod vehicles to arbitrary locations as a resolution mechanic.

After lunch I got into a five-player game of Black Orchestra, a cooperative endeavour in which you're German traitors trying to assassinate Hitler. I've already supported the Kickstarter for a copy of the second edition (expected some time after Essen), but I did want to play it too.

This is a famously hard game to beat, and we didn't. But it was tense all the way through, and great fun.

Last game of the day was Robo Rally 2016; I didn't take any pictures because I was effectively game-mastering, as some players simply weren't listening (and would ask what a particular rule was, in the exact words in which I'd just explained it to them). I need to put together a better player mat, too… but it went well and I think everyone enjoyed it.

It was getting quite sweaty, and I'd been out late the night before, so I left at this point. Next one's on 22 June.

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