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Marlow Tabletop and Board Games 7 June 2021 13 June 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.

First up, Railroad Ink, a recent addition to BGA played without expansions since we had a first-time player. Good fun, though of course I missed the actual dice rolling. More significantly, having everyone's score calculated automatically and displayed turn by turn (rather than just once at the end) made the game feel much more aggressive.

On to Cacao, one of the "Carcassonne, but fun" games in my lexicon (the other being Isle of Skye). It's altogether too easy accidentally to finish one's turn without taking bonuses (i.e. I did this once). Still a good game, still one I don't plan to buy, though I play it very occasionally on Yucata.

Then Solar Storm, a cooperative game that may well have been inspired by Lux Aeterna (which I picked up at Essen 2019 and have since traded on). There are bits of Room 25 here, and a lot of Pandemic in the way your spaceship gradually gets damaged; there's some The Captain is Dead too in the resource cards you collect to fix various problems. I mostly hung around in the workshop to fix bits of the ship other people couldn't reach. Definitely enjoyable, but I wouldn't seek it out to play it again.

And finally a few rounds of The Crew: The Quest for Planet Nine, where we're now 21 missions in and I still need to take notes.

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