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Marlow Tabletop and Board Games 19 April 2021 23 April 2021

This Meetup-based boardgames group remains on-line for the moment; as usual we got together on Jitsi and then played some games on BGA.

BGA has recently implemented Abyss, presumably getting permission to do so as a benefit of the Asmodée takeover, and we played that; it was quite a fiddly interface. Even as someone who knows first-hand just how much chaos the little round "pearls" in the physical game can cause on a hard floor, I found myself missing them: by its nature, this sort of basically two-dimensional on-line game implementation loses any physicality or pleasure in its components in favour of small flat pictures. The physical game feels lush; this feels like just a great big stack of too-much-detail (as is standard BGA practice, they used the original artwork, which is designed for 65x100mm cards for the Lords and 42×63mm for the Allies), and even with the ridiculously high-resolution screen on my new laptop it wasn't possible to fit in all the game elements at a reasonable size the way you trivially can at a physical tabletop. And the enjoyment I got this time, while certainly not zero, was rather less than what I had from playing it face to face in 2014.

Anyway, on to more of The Crew, where we finally managed mission 12 (the one with the random card pass after the first play). Turns out that trumps are eligible for that random card pass!. Fortunately I had a second trump.

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Thirsty Meeples November 2014

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