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Boardgames in Isolation: April (part 2) 02 May 2021

More boardgames played from home. I think I'm getting more irked with remote play now that the possibility of the real thing exists again.

So I did play some more Letter Tycoon, but I think I've pretty much given up on this now. I had 140+ games, and many of them were fun, but I and the people I was playing against were good enough that any actual win seemed to be largely chance. Hey ho.

More Rallyman: GT, which is just so much more fun at a physical table. Tabletop Simulator (where I'm the co-author of the GT mod) is much closer to this than BGA can manage.

So I used TTS as the platform when someone wanted to be talked thruogh the rules, and it seemed to work rather well.

Automobiles on yucata. Really not soloable, but this is another game I'm very keen to get back to an actual physical table.

I ran Blood on the Clocktower for the discussion.tekeli.li forum. It's hard work for players and GM, and I think forum games lend themselves too much to analysis in lieu of reading peoples' body language, but it was still fun. I may make my own cheapskate's set with coin capsules and a magnetic whiteboard.

Firefly: The Game, another play by forum on tekeli.li – a surprisingly fast start with these mostly novice players, which slowed things down later as they came up against tough challenges too soon. But I think they had a good time.

Hardback on BGA: it's rather less a word game and more a deckbuilder than it appears to be, something in the style of Star Realms in fact. Lost horribly, but hey, I'll try again…

More Lemminge and Red7 on yucata. Sure, yucata has many of the same conceptual flaws as BGA, but it's not owned by a private equity fund.

Rallyman for the monthly challenge. The numbers of players are definitely dropping, but there's still fun to be had here.

My third forum game, Sherlock 13, which only took about half a day. Yeah, it's quite fun. But the basic problem is that it's a £15 game box which contains thirteen cards and some score sheets.

One more play of A Touch of Evil: The Supernatural Game on TTS, in two sessions. I'm in love with the story generation of this game and I'm definitely going to run it in person as soon as I can.

And another largish game that I'm falling in love with: Xia: Legends of a Drift System (this play with the over-produced and under-scripted paid TTS mod, and only the basic version of the game, playing to five points and with no NPC ships). Even without the expansions, there's more of a multiple-paths-to-victory feel than with Firefly.

(Therefore you should buy my spare games. Burgle Bros, Exodus: Paris Nouveau, Suburbia with all its expansions, are all up for grabs.)

[Buy Letter Tycoon at Amazon] [Buy Rallyman GT at Amazon] [Buy Automobiles at Amazon] [Buy Firefly: the Game at Amazon] [Buy Red7 at Amazon] [Buy Sherlock 13 at Amazon] [Buy Xia: Legends of a Drift System at Amazon] and help support the blog.

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