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Marlow Tabletop and Board Games 7 December 2020 16 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 online.

We started with Bandido, a cooperative card-laying game in which you're trying to turn all the tunnels from a central point into loops or dead ends. And we did it. This has some of the Kingdomino feel in that you can trap yourself into an impossible situation, moderated by the usual problems of limited communication: "Since Bandido is a cooperative game, players should discuss the best way to proceed, but beware, you’re not allowed to show your cards to the other players directly." So what can you say? Nothing amazing, but a good filler.

I've been hearing a bit recently about Mapmaker: The Gerrymandering Game and wanted to give that a try. You lay down hexsides to group the hexes ("counties") into areas ("districts"), trying to get a bare majority in each one (or locking away your opponents' supporters into districts they'll win anyway). It's a bit low-scoring and prone to ties, but I like the system and I'll play this again. (This doesn't seem to be widely available yet.)

A quick game of Martian Dice, which is very obviously inspired by Zombie Dice. (But SJGames don't allow any of their games to be played on platforms like BGA; they release the occasional app, but that's it.)

Finally we moved over to yucata.de and a game of Lemminge, a game from a few years ago that I've only discovered recently. You generally have a choice between moving a long distance, and moving a short distance but changing the terrain on the board to make it easier for you and harder for other players. But there's a remarkable amount of subtlety here, not least in that you win when your second lemming crosses the line.

Probably my winning move: a long push (blue) that got both my lemmings close to the finish.

During the game only the most recent tracks are visible (and you can turn them off if they're distracting), but at the end you can see all of them.

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