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Boardgames in Isolation: May (part 1) 18 May 2020

More solo and on-line boardgames.

Starting as usual with Rallyman, for the monthly challenge.

Don't drink and drive.

On to Rallyman: GT for both the ISGOYTRA challenge and the Rallyman Spain circuit (this one based on the Circuito del Jarama near Madrid.

I've played quite a bit of VOLT on yucata.de, and I'm still enjoying it - it feels like a lighter version of Robo Rally but with a more interesting decision space. There's still luck in there, of course, but a game without luck just comes down to a Chess-like slog and you have to do finicky player-skill matching in order to have interesting games.

Came second in a game of Cacao (which I jumped into because it was one of the few Yucata games I'd actually played before); better than I expected but it's not a game I'd be likely to buy.

More Bowling Solitaire for the league; I probably won't do this again, but it was an interesting thing to try.

It's hard to tell whether I'm getting better at Red7. Probably not, really. But I've been having fun with it.

Can't Stop is the standard introductory game on Board Game Arena, and it's available on Yucata too. On the one hand, it's really obviously balanced so that all columns are as hard to complete as each other. On the other hand, what matters is how many rolls you can make during your turn without busting… I rather like this.

Indeed, Can't Stop and 6 nimmt! are my standard "have a few minutes, play on BGA" games. And the players are pretty ferocious. Still, it's good to improve my skill.

I've had a game of Machi Koro, again on yucata, and another is ongoing. I'm trying a strategy of sticking to single-die cards; so far it's got me a second place out of four.

Automobiles also on Yucata: the thematic integration is weird to non-existent but I rather like the game.

More Flamme Rouge as the first Tour de Peste has come to an end, but I'm still administering two of these.

One game of Colt Express on BGA - which turned out to be a strange multi-handed variant I hadn't seen before, so I wasn't surprised to do terribly.

And a couple of plays of Go 500 Racing Dice Game, as the six-race league comes towards its close.

[Buy Rallyman GT at Amazon] [Buy VOLT at Amazon] [Buy Cacao at Amazon] [Buy Red 7 at Amazon] [Buy Can't Stop at Amazon] [Buy 6 Nimmt! at Amazon] [Buy Machi Koro at Amazon] [Buy Automobiles at Amazon] [Buy Flamme Rouge at Amazon] [Buy Colt Express at Amazon] and help support the blog.


  1. Posted by John Parr at 10:07pm on 18 May 2020

    I could never get the hang of 6 Nimmt and always being being mocked for not playing the "best" move. So in the end I just shuffled the cards and played randomly. It was delicious watching it messing up the heads of people who were trying to work out what everyone would do. Eventually, they just started dealing me in when I wasn't even there, and I actually won that way on one occasion.

  2. Posted by RogerBW at 11:42pm on 18 May 2020

    There are clearly some expert players on BGA, and their stats system puts an emphasis on winning. (So does yucata's, but you can opt out of the ranking, and I have.) Still, I seem to be getting better at the games I've been playing a lot.

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