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Marlow Tabletop and Board Games 30 November 2020 03 December 2020

This Meetup-based boardgames group remains on-line for the moment; as usual we got together on Jitsi and then played some games on BoardGameArena. (I missed the mid-month meeting, but we had an intercalary one on the fifth Monday.)

Several of us know and enjoy (Rise of) Augustus, so we thought we'd try the reimplementation, Via Magica. And… it's OK, I guess. The original game isn't particularly thrilling, though it can be good fun; this one's been simplified (several of the card powers now let you use a specific token as a wild card; the cards that let you interact with other players are gone; the "resource" rewards, for most gold and most corn, are also gone), but keeps much of the enjoyment.

I mean, I didn't buy Augustus and I'm not going to buy this. The Roman theme is of neutral interest; the "cartoonish magic students" one puts me off. But now I know that if I see this being played I can have similar fun to what I'd have playing that other game.

Kingdomino, which just doesn't fit together in my head; so I rely on luck, and luck doesn't provide.

And finally, new to me Letter Tycoon… at which I turned out to have a knack for finding words. Haven't got the hang of the purchasable special powers yet, but I'll get there…

(Won this game; played with some strangers and promptly lost thoroughly.)

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