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Marlow Tabletop and Board Games 7 June 2022 17 June 2022

This Meetup-based boardgames group continues to meet twice a month. (But the pub has started to have a quiz every Monday night, so we're moving to a new venue nearby.)

First game was Rush 'n' Crush, which I enjoyed enough on first play that I bought it. It has I think the most detailed attempt I've met to represent the interplay of engine speed, gear shifting and road speed, though we all played it relatively safe most of the time.

Some of the iconography wasn't as clear as it might have been, though I think I'll try writing a new play aid too.

I finished in the traditional manner, crossing the line and then slamming into a wall at top speed just before I would have exploded anyway. I do seem to gravitate towards racing games (thinking of Automobiles and Flamme Rouge and Rallyman GT and Steampunk Rally and Lemminge) but I think this is different enough from all of those to earn its place in my collection.

Then a few rounds of The Crew: The Quest for Planet Nine to finish off the evening. I think the ongoing thing that irks me most about this game is that the difficulty of a mission varies hugely based on which tricks have to be made and what the initial cards are like, so when you've beaten a mission you really have no idea whether you've got better than you were when you failed it or you were just lucky this time.

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