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Marlow Tabletop and Board Games 18 October 2021 06 November 2021

This Meetup-based boardgames group has returned to the Marlow Donkey.

There were other people about, but it wasn't too crowded, and for most of the evening we had one end of the place to ourselves – even if we were the only people in masks.

We started with Tavern Masters (by Dan Kriss, his only design so far, published by his own company). The basic idea is that you buy items for your tavern in one part of the round, then try to attract customers with said items in the other, which gets you more money. There's some card synergy and engine-building, which made it unfortunate that for three rounds out of what turned out to be five I had nothing to do and no meaningful choices to make, because there was no intersection between the cards available to buy and the cards I could afford. Obviously there's always a luck element, but…

(Also some of the art is distinctly boob-heavy for my taste and every female character I saw was less dressed than any male character. If I want to look at breasts I don't need to have pictures of them in my boardgames.)

Not enthused, even with shiny metal coins.

Then we went on to Shamans, which I picked up recently; it's a combination of trick-taking (you generally want to follow the suit that the first player put down) and social deduction (one of you wants not to do that, without being spotted as such). Also gorgeous art, though the reflective board was not as clear as it might be in fashionable pub lighting. Definitely interesting though, and it'll be going into my 3-5 player rotation, even though it has the same problem as Antidote that you need to rebuild the deck each time you change player count.

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