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Thirsty Meeples March 2023 27 April 2023

Back to the boardgame café.

A return to The King Is Dead, which we last played here in 2017. (The shop copy is a bit the worse for wear.) Still enjoyable, but I don't feel the sense of "oh, wow" that many people apparently do.

On to Mysterium Park. Well, it fell a bit flat; with only two guessers, if one of them gets it right first time, the other is stuck for a series of all the cards left in the ghost's hand being ones that weren't part of their clue last time… I like the condensed layout and Codenames-style cards rather than the bulk of the screen in full Mysterium, but it does mean a successful player is hanging around rather than jumping forward to the next stage while a less-successful player is catching up. Hmm, I wonder whether I might build something to handle this as an app? That's not usually my style, but this is already a very distancing game for the ghost.

King of Tokyo next, and I've done quite badly with this in the past, but managed to pull off a win this time – not I think from any particularly cunning tactics, but with only three players it's easier to stay "in" through all other players' turns and thus get a two point bonus at the start of one's own.

Machi Koro, which I still think is broken: I loaded up on convenience stores to the point that I'd get 20 coins any time I rolled a 4, and this happened just often enough to give me the win.

And finally, a Marvel Comics version of Timeline (doesn't seem to be on BGG) which came out more like Top Trumps: each card (hero, villain, etc.) has a strength, a thinking ability, and something else I now don't remember, and one chooses one of those at the start of the game to use as the equivalent of a date. I had heard of about half of the characters so I was going by costume. Probably fun for people who actually know the Marvel setting.

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