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Buzzardcon 2, July 2019 16 July 2019

The Leighton Buzzard Boardgames group put on their second convention, and having seen a flyer for it at the last Tringcon I went. With images; cc-by-sa on everything.

I took my Portable Games Library, two crates of games in a camping trolley, and set up Dice Hospital, which immediately attracted players. I even had one really good scoring turn, and one fairly decent one. (Still came joint last, though.)

The event took place in a church hall (complete with notices for Baby Barnacles and Getting Deeper into God), which we just about half filled; it was never crowded, and even stayed tolerably cool.

I went on to a very intense game of Flash Point: Fire Rescue (sufficiently intense that I didn't take any pictures) – on the 2-door board from the basic set, and we lost thoroughly.

Then we played Deep Sea Adventure, a push-your-luck (well, push-everyone's-luck) game I hadn't tried before. Tricky to get the hang of, but I got a workable second place.

Lunch was provided. (Chilli and other things.)

Next, several people wanted to play Flamme Rouge, so I ended up running two games of that.

Finally, Puerto Rico, a classic at which I expected to do very badly, and did. This type of game still suffers from an abstraction gap, for me; I do better with a game that's explicitly abstract, rather than claiming to have a theme and then not reflecting that theme in any meaningful way.

Also home-made cake!

They're a very pleasant bunch, and though they're about an hour's drive away I may turn up for the occasional weekend meeting.

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