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More Garden Games 19 August 2020

More boardgames in the garden, on a painfully hot evening (still with masks).

We'd talked a bit about what to play, and decided to start with Dead of Winter (not my copy, which I sold a while back). But I think we picked the wrong scenario.

Setup involved really rather a lot of zombies round the colony; and as it turned out our failure on the first Crisis (which needed fuel, which mostly we didn't have) would mean even more zombies.

This led to lots of deaths, a morale collapse, and a loss at the end of turn 1. Oops.

(Yes, the colour rendering of those gazebo lights is less than ideal. They do work better in person, and some time I'll try taking raw images on the phone camera and colour-correcting them.)

Then we went on to RoboRally, the pre-2016 version which I haven't played for years. It's still fun, though definitely in the Cosmic Encounter space of "you can plan perfectly and then be sunk through bad luck or someone else's unrelated action"; definitely not a game for people who want a serious competition. But taken lightly, it can be great fun even when you end up with a hand with just one movement card in it.

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