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Boardgames in Isolation: February (part 2) 05 March 2021

More boardgames played from home.

Game playing has slowed down quite a bit, but diversified at little.

Letter Tycoon and Rallyman: GT are still on top, and the 12-race league is nearly at its end. There has been occasional silliness.

More Flamme Rouge by forum; the software seems to be working well now.

Some more VOLT, Automobiles, Lemminge and Twin Tin Bots]( on yucata; I'd play there more but most of their games aren't particularly to my taste (they lean towards the complicated euro style).

Downforce on BGA, at which I still haven't won a game.

Rallyman for the monthly cup. (Will I keep playing it once I have the new Dirt? Maybe.)

And one I've been curious about for a while, A Touch of Evil: The Supernatural Game, run on the forum. I'm very impressed: on the one hand, yes, it's an Ameritrash game without a lot of mechanical sophistication (like Firefly). On the other, and like Firefly, it generates a constant stream of microstories as one comes up with explanations for why that encounter went that particular way. (And it seems to have been a strong inspiration for the FFG Cthulhu games as well, without their same feeling of tedious mechanical inevitability.) Definitely on my purchase list.

[Buy Letter Tycoon at Amazon] [Buy Rallyman GT at Amazon] [Buy The Crew at Amazon] [Buy Flamme Rouge at Amazon] [Buy VOLT at Amazon] [Buy Automobiles at Amazon] [Buy Downforce at Amazon] [Buy Twin Tin Bots at Amazon] and help support the blog. ["As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases."]

  1. Posted by Shim at 12:49pm on 14 April 2021

    I've enjoyed Touch of Evil myself, and my parents enjoyed it enough to play a few times. I think it works best with a semi-RPG attitude, as you say, rather than leaning too hard on the mechanics. My main complaint is the box design, as it's more or less impossible to put the components back in and keep them organised. But I imagine you'll be able to solve that problem.

  2. Posted by RogerBW at 12:53pm on 14 April 2021

    Step one is to get it all – one of the large expansions in particular seems to be entirely unavailable outside North America. But yes, I will then on past form haver for several years, then eventually produce a 3d-printable insert for it.

    (There are some very bad inserts out there. Not sure I see the point of half-arsing it; it's a waste of resources and increases the production cost of the game, and people throw it away anyway.)

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