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Marlow Tabletop and Board Games 16 December 2019 27 December 2019

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

I brought my new copy of Letter Jam, and we played that; my explanation mostly made sense, I think, though I want to refine it a bit. We also had a near-perfect game, all finishing our rows of letters well before the timer had run out.

We went on to City of Zombies which was one of the last games I needed for my 52 Game Challenge ("designed for children (age 5 and up)"). With three six-sided dice, you combine the numbers to kill advancing zombies: basic four-operation arithmetic, and squaring and square-rooting. We started off on the standard mode, but found it too easy so half-way through we used the special powers as well, and still completed the game without losing any survivors, clearing the board in most rounds.

(And then we got a random endgame outcome in which "there are just too many zombies – one of you has to sacrifice yourself to hold them back while the others escape". With a clean board. Ah well.)

Quite fun once, but I think that it wouldn't have much lasting play value.

My character was clearly wielding a Model M.

And we finished off with Dobble, the game I might have ended up demoing a lot if I'd got on board with Esdevium (apparently it's the main thing they're asked for). Quite enjoyable as a quick filler.

[Buy Letter Jam at Amazon] [Buy City of Zombies at Amazon] [Buy Dobble at Amazon] and help support the blog.

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