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Boardgames in Isolation: August (part 1) 18 August 2021

More boardgames played from home, and on a small expedition that didn't get a blog post of its own.

Suddenly Onitama seems to be a game people are prepared to talk about again, and I still have my copy. One physical play, and a few on BGA where I was invited to try an alpha; it's now gone into side-wide beta. This continues to be my favourite chesslike game, indeed one of the few that I actively enjoy, in part because the span from realising one's messed up to actually losing is usually very short.

Incidentally there's also a live-play site, though you'll need to do your own opponent matching and chat: one person starts a game and gives the URL to the other player.

Automobiles on yucata. I lose a lot but I enjoy it.

Rallyman for the ongoing championships…

Baseball Highlights: 2045 which, while it is soloable and works well in that mode, I definitely prefer multi-player.

Lemminge on yucata, but I hope finally to own it in physical form soon.

Nations for the podcast (it's a bold move for a civilisation-building game not to have a map, but I think it makes sense)…

ORGANISM [sic], not yet published, but there's a moderately secret site for trying it out. Not completely sure I could reliably play it yet without the code preventing illegal moves, though I'll be paying attention.

Rallyman: GT for a demo game and ongoing championships.

Raptor, which somehow I missed when it came out. Light asymmetric two-player game, with some luck but also interesting tactics.

Tea Time newly on BGA, not deep but a pleasing diversion.

And some BGA alpha games that don't count as plays because for whatever reason we didn't finish the game, but…

Talon: very rough with some browser-dependent bugs, but I like this a lot and will certainly be trying it more if I can't get some face-to-face games in.

Potion Explosion: The Fifth Ingredient, still some major bugs here too.

Burgle Bros. which seemed to be working all right but I'm afraid I've rather fallen out of my enthusiasm for this one. I found I just had no desire to take my copy off the shelf to play it. So I sold it.

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  1. Posted by J Michael at 01:33pm on 18 August 2021

    Humm, NATIONS looks interesting....

    Want me to bring POTION EXPLOSION plus the expansion on Sunday.

  2. Posted by RogerBW at 01:55pm on 18 August 2021

    Lee and I talk about Nations in More Games Than Time episodes 8 and 9.

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