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Boardgames in Isolation: May (part 2) 08 June 2021

More boardgames played from home.

Having tried P.I. with friends, I played a couple of games with strangers on BGA. It's fine as far as it goes… but it doesn't go very far, and the noir theme comes to feel like visual noise that gets in the way of the deduction game. (But I generally don't get on with Martin Wallace designs and many other people do, so don't rely on me – even more than usual.)

More Rallyman: GT on BGA, but I'm definitely scaling this back. I'm playing in ongoing competitions and such but I'm not starting new games.

VOLT, Automobiles and Lemminge on yucata – I've joined the MediocreLympics, where you can't play in a particular game's competition if your site rating in it is higher than a threshold. One game of VOLT in particular was hard-fought, and great fun – more enjoyable than the ones where I've been beaten hollow, but also more enjoyable than the ones where I've won easily.

Rallyman for the monthly competition (don't do it at the last moment, it gives me less time to get back to you if there's a problem).

Terminator: Dark Fate – The Card Game was cheap from the manufacturer, and in a small box, so I gave it a shot. The rules aren't as clearly written as they might be, and the core gameplay is very Star Realms or other standard deckbuilder, where you make fight points and purchase points out of your hand then buy cards to add to your system, but the big boss card goes near the top of the deck and can be shuffled further down by doing it damage, while you try to build up your resources to construct a finishing move. With 150-odd cards in the market deck and a heavy reliance on combos there's a lot of randomness, but I had a good time playing solo and I'll try to get this to the table multiplayer as well.

And Tobago on TTS, in which I think I played worse than ever before. But the person I was teaching it to seemed to enjoy it.

[Buy Rallyman GT at Amazon] [Buy VOLT at Amazon] [Buy Terminator: Dark Fate at Amazon] [Buy Tobago at Amazon] and help support the blog.

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