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Stabcon 2023 28 January 2023

Back to Stabcon! Stockport barely managed to rain on me at all this time.

After a fairly peaceful trip, I got stuck in with The Climbers. It's an odd game and I rather like it; it feels different every time I play.

On to a couple of games of Xenon Profiteer, with my SJ Games coins replacing the limited stock of cardboard that comes with the game. Don't take my pipelines.

New release Blazon next, which is mostly set collection with a limited heraldic theme. It has its moments, but there's very little player interaction and the theme is pretty loose. General feeling: "I would be happy to play this again, but I don't want to play it again right now".

Last for the night, Rallyman: GT on the introductory course. I continue to love the way this game throws up a fresh puzzle each turn. "Roger, you are certifiably insane." "It's called a race track, not a drive sensibly track."

On Saturday, we started with VOLT, in which there are just too many things to predict effectively. Great fun!

Then we dug in for some long games, starting with Tales of the Arabian Nights. As usual I felt I had very little effect on anything that happened, but I still had a good time, and nobody had to dash off early.

Then Xia: Legends of a Drift System, in which nobody was more than a point behind the leader when they made it across the line.

Lastly, Flash Point: Fire Rescue, a configuration which defeated us last Stabcon (2-door house plus basement). It was a long fight, but we won!

On Sunday morning, we started with Mag·Blast: Third Edition, light and silly; then went on with Vast: The Crystal Caverns. I think this would benefit from having a group that knew all the roles well, rather than people who were mostly learning their own; even so, it was enjoyable. And I am temporarily cured of my desire to own it.

Then home, through the wind and the rain…

[Buy The Climbers at Amazon] [Buy Xenon Profiteer at Amazon] [Buy Rallyman GT at Amazon] [Buy VOLT at Amazon] [Buy Xia: Legends of a Drift System at Amazon] [Buy Flash Point at Amazon] [Buy Mag-Blast! at Amazon] [Buy Vast: The Crystal Caverns at Amazon] and help support the blog. ["As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases."]

  1. Posted by John P at 10:44pm on 31 January 2023

    Thanks for the games, Roger. :-) It was great to see you again!

  2. Posted by RogerBW at 11:27pm on 31 January 2023

    Stabcon continues to be one of the highlights of my gaming year and it's the people who make it so.

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