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Sixth 1 Player Guild UK Meet 21 September 2021

The 1 Player Guild is a group of solo game players, communicating through BoardGameGeek. This was the sixth "proper" get-together for the UK contingent (some virtual meetings helped span the gap), and we were back in the upstairs room of the pub in Silverstone, a year and a half after the last one.

We usually start off with a racing game, and this time it was Rallyman: GT (which does after all have a Silverstone track layout, and we used it). Well, if you read this blog you know I love this game.

Next was Imperium: Classics, which has been getting glowing reviews but which I thought wasn't likely to be my sort of thing. Well, it appears that it is. Many deckbuilders have a tendency to finish just when they're getting going; this one mutates into a slightly different game. Also, even in this one game, it was clear that the factions have quite different strengths requiring different strategies, but while we were all playing our own games there was enough interaction to keep things interesting. Definitely on the "buy when it's on sale" list now.

Rhino Hero while we waited for lunch, because what day isn't made better by a rhinoceros in a cape?

Dice Hospital, which I still enjoy for the game, but the theme is definitely starting to grate a bit. (And it could be an abstract game without losing much.)

Lemminge, first game with my physical copy. (And a comprehensive last place. But I love it anyway.)

PARKS, where I found that most of my recognition of the names came from the Anna Pigeon murder mystery series. Never did see Isle Royal, though. There's some worker placement and resource management, but the link to the theme is tenuous at best (what do the resources actually represent?), perverse at worst (once one person has "done" a park, nobody else can do it).

File with Wingspan, I think, as a game that non-boardgamers will play for the theme but which isn't a particularly great example of these mechanics or of thematic integration.

Vikings, a Michael Kiesling design from 2007. Fairly abstract, felt quite random, but still quick and enjoyable.

Finally, Santo Domingo, where I caught the rhythm better than last time and had a more enjoyable game.

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