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Boardgames in Isolation: January (part 1) 23 January 2021

More boardgames played from home.

Most played again were Letter Tycoon, where I'm just about staying in the top ten on BGA, and Rallyman: GT, where I'm… not. But one of the social gaming groups has started playing again after the Christmas break.

Played a bit more VOLT, mostly on a whim. Yes, it doesn't have the long-term planning sophistication of Robo Rally. But I can play three games of this in the same time as one of that, and there's much less frustration.

Hokkaido to check out Lee's solo rules (which, as he set out to achieve, do a better job of emulating the multiplayer gameplay than the official solo rules manage). Not really my sort of game, but still enjoyable.

Air, Land, & Sea because it's a quick simple enjoyable two-player game (though I'm sure this TTS mod used to have more assets, like score counters and a rulebook).

More Automobiles. Definitely a returning favourite for me; when I play it, I want to play it more, and since it's on yucata I can usually find some opposition at my sort of level.

One game of Baseball Highlights: 2045, in theory to finish last year's 10×10 but we didn't push ahead to get it done in time.

Lemminge, which feels to me unreasonably like Automobiles though it's not at all the same sort of mechanic. There's something about the way the race map morphs into a scoreboard in my mental picture of the game.

Onitama mostly to try out a free on-line service – which worked pretty well. (But since there's no registration or anything, it really needs to be played in real time.) One day I'll find enough people who want to play this to run a tournament. And/or write a bot to handle turn-based games.

The first game of Pandemic Legacy: Season 1, in a mode which removes most of my objections about paying for a disposable game: unofficially, on Tabletop Simulator. Well, game 1 is pretty much a normal game of Pandemic, which I don't especially love, but with a twist that made things moderately interesting. Looking forward to seeing where this goes.

And finally Whitehall Mystery run as play-by-forum on discussion.tekeli.li. (Since the investigators have no information hidden from Jack, this can be GMed by Jack's player, but I opened up that spot to someone else.) Jack was arrested early in round 2. I still really enjoy this game, a miniature version of Letters from Whitechapel that doesn't overstay its welcome. Some day I'll get round to 3d-printing the other two investigator figures (which you're supposed to borrow from an expansion for a different game).

[Buy Letter Tycoon at Amazon] [Buy Rallyman GT at Amazon] [Buy VOLT at Amazon] [Buy Hokkaido at Amazon] [Buy Air, Land & Sea at Amazon] [Buy Automobiles at Amazon] [Buy Automobiles at Amazon] [Buy Onitama at Amazon] [Buy Pandemic Legacy Season 1 at Amazon] [Buy Whitehall Mystery at Amazon] and help support the blog.

See also:
Marlow Tabletop and Board Games 5 January 2021

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