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Marlow Tabletop and Board Games 5 November 2018 17 November 2018

This Meetup-based boardgames group continues to meet at the Marlow Donkey.

Eight of us this night, and me just back from Essen, so we started with Railroad Ink. I think this is at about the right level of complexity for a roll-and-write game, with several things to think about but not completely absorbing one's attention.

By request, I brought along Deception: Murder in Hong Kong… which got to the third round with no accusations, but the third accusation nailed the murderer, and the witness got away. This game always looks ridiculously hard for the detectives, but it usually comes together by the end.

We split into two groups of four, with the other playing Villainous (which I'd like to try some time). I played Essen acquisition Realm of Sand, at which I did spectacularly badly with two early placement errors. It does feel very similar to Splendor in its basic framework, though there's far more complexity than is apparent at the beginning.

We went on to Ricochet Robots, where as usual it took about half the game before I could get into the right mode of thought to spot the solutions.

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