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Thirsty Meeples July 2018 13 July 2018

Back to the boardgame café. With images; cc-by-sa on everything.

One of us couldn't make it this time, so we concentrated on two-player games, and the first was one I've been curious about for a while: Onitama. It's somewhat like a simplified Chess, but your moves are restricted to what's shown on the two cards in front of you - and whichever template you use to move, that card is swapped with the one in the centre of the table, and will go to your opponent after their next move. It's elegant and highly enjoyable, even on a hot day. (And I have since bought a copy even though I rarely get to play 2-player games.)

I'd heard a fair bit about Fog of Love and we tried that next. It struck me as an odd combination of game and role-playing: there were certain choices that were very obviously beneficial for game purposes (it wasn't too hard to work out what each other's goals were even though we couldn't tell each other), but they were often at odds with the way we'd conceived our characters. I like the idea of multi-dimensional goals but I don't think I'm likely to play this again.

Finally, 13 Days, a simulation of the Cuban Missile Crisis. Well, a very blunt simulation; it was quite enjoyable but felt very abstract, and more seriously very luck-driven (I certainly don't think my victory was because of superior skill). Not really my thing.

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