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Marlow Tabletop and Board Games 20 June 2022 05 July 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.)

We started with an early Bruno Cathala (and collaborators) game from 2007, Jamaica; to my refined boardgaming sensibility (ho ho), it's showing its age a bit as one of the early pushes of eurogames into the more general hobbyist games market. Roll dice and pick the order in which they'll be used; play a card from a very limited selection, with a first and a second action, and everyone else plays a card from their own selections. It could almost be a roll-and-write, except for the interaction: what with the rules on ship holds, and the randomness of dice and card draws, I felt I had very little meaningful choice to make, and no way to build up resources. (On the other hand, we did finish pretty much in order of general skill at games, so it's not entirely random.) Not offensive, but I wouldn't choose to play it again.

Then a couple of rounds of The Crew: The Quest for Planet Nine. It is what it is; it doesn't seem to have many surprises left.

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