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A Return to Garden Games 13 May 2021

For the first time since last September, I've played boardgames face to face (or at least mask to mask) with other human beings.

I recently got hold of the Oink Games edition of Modern Art – not only does it have artists one might have heard of, but it comes in a tiny box. And it has an extremely cute easel.

It's meant to be sold only in Germany and Austria, and the rules translation I found wasn't quite as complete as one might wish, which caused some initial confusion as it's been a while since I played. (Maybe I'll make my own to go in the box.) But we quickly recovered… and much to my surprise given my previous experiencs with this game I came second. I'm not generally a fan of Reiner Knizia's designs (shocking, I know, but I prefer a more thematic focus over elegant mechanics) but this is one that works well for me.

Then on to Tiny Towns, village-building by fitting resource pieces into one's village grid.

I can see that it's fun, and I like the variability given by the way each wooden piece is associated with multiple cards each with its own rules, one of which is used in each game… but I don't see the vast appeal that many people seem to experience. Still, I'll be happy to play it again some time.

Mostly it was good to do the actual over-a-table part of boardgaming again.

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