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Boardgames in Isolation: December (part 1) 23 December 2020

More boardgames played from home.

A different top game! Every other half-month for which I've looked at the numbers it's been Rallyman GT, but in this period I've finished 37 games of Letter Tycoon. Tt turns out that having lost lots of Scrabble games with my wife has got me reasonably well-equipped to play word games against normal people; I've got into the top ten players on BoardGameArena.

Still also playing lots of Rallyman: GT of course. I think my game is starting to improve again, slightly. Still, the glorious plan

all too often turns to ignominy.

Finished off my ten games of Maiden's Quest for the 10×10 (which at the time of writing still has 26 plays of various games to go, including two games I haven't even touched yet).

Some more of Mapmaker: The Gerrymandering Game which I heard about only because it was nominated for the Pearple's Choice Awards (which I'm administering). I'm not entirely enamoured of the random setup but the basic idea, of turning an evenly-distributed number of votes into a victory for one side or another, is a solid one.

More Lemminge. Really enjoying this, and if it weren't a complete pain to get hold of (out of print, hard to find second-hand) I'd buy a copy.

More Automobiles too. I'm still quite bad at it, though I pull off the occasional victory, but I love the bizarrely un-thematic feel.

Some more Machi Koro. Apparently I'm not the only person who reckons sticking with a single die for the whole game is the best bet, at least with the standard game as implemented on; I gather expansions change this.

Some Potion Explosion. There are still players much better than I am, but I do rather better than before when I play turn-based with plenty of thinking time.

Another game of Android: Netrunner: the chap who plays this with me is usually free in the evenings, when I tend to be quite tired, so I'm not often in the mood for this fairly complex game. Still good when I am.

Some more Incan Gold/Diamant because I felt like luck-pushing.

The first half of Jaws, a very minor twist on asymmetrical hidden movement. Fun, but I can't see much reason to play this rather than Whitehall Mystery unless you're a fan of the film.

Some more Tobago, bedevilled by BGA bugs.

V-Commandos on the forum.

And Via Magica; maybe I've just been lucky, but I've had far fewer instances of being unable to make use of the symbol because all those slots were full than I do in Rise of Augustus.

[Buy Letter Tycoon at Amazon] [Buy Rallyman GT at Amazon] [Buy Maiden's Quest at Amazon] [Buy Automobiles at Amazon] [Buy Machi Koro at Amazon] [Buy Potion Explosion at Amazon] [Buy Incan Gold at Amazon] [Buy Jaws at Amazon] [Buy Tobago at Amazon] [Buy V-Commandos at Amazon] and help support the blog. ["As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases."]

See also:
Marlow Tabletop and Board Games 7 December 2020

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