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TringCon 30 April 2022 14 May 2022

This small one-day boardgaming event has been carrying on, mostly without me. I think it was about 30 people this time, with the organisers and the people I was playing with the only mask-wearers.

We started with Sentinels of the Multiverse: Definitive Edition, with two players who hadn't tried it before: so we took Tachyon, Ra, The Wraith and Legacy against Baron Blade in Megalopolis. Yeah, I've played this iteration a few times now; but while most of the things that happen are familiar, the way they happen still brings some surprises.

Someone had brought along Circus Imperium, the 1988 parody chariot-racing game that FASA published as part of their Renegade Legion series. I played this a lot back in the day, and the amount by which one could shave the margins slowly came back to me. Truly clumsy rules, and a manual that did the game no favours, but we managed to have a good time even so. I’m tempted to steal the cornering mechanic at the very least…

The Red Cathedral next, and for me this hits that exact level of athematic design where the nominal theme has nothing to do with the gameplay, but it distracts me from what I actually have to do. I was trailing for most of the game, and then triggered game end genuinely by accident.

And then I won.

I would rather chew off a foot than play this again. I didn’t say my foot.

And finally Lemminge, a lovely example of a simple game that grows emergent complexity depending on who’s playing it. You could give this to kids and they'd start off simply, or you could give it to boardgamers old in wickedness and they'd jump in to the subtleties. This has become one of my favourite games.

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