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Marlow Board Games 3 July 2023 22 July 2023

This Meetup-based boardgames group continues…

First game of the evening was Ominoes, which is vulnerable to luck, but straightforwardly honest about it, and I think this raises it in my favour. Yeah, sometimes you'll have a 50/50 chance of winning the game and twice in a row it won't happen, but there's nothing hidden, you can see what's happening, blame dice luck and move on.

New to me Skyjo: the cards are ten runs of -2 to +12, and you start with a 4×3 tableau face down in front of you. On your turn you can take the top of the discard and swap it with a tableau card (leaving the new one face up); or draw from the deck, and either swap it with a tableau card (leaving the new one face up) or discard it and turn a card face up.

So far so luck-based, but if you manage to construct a column of three matching cards, you can discard all of them. Once someone has all their cards face-up, the game ends, and card values are penalty points.

It's very simple and I wouldn't pay much for it, but it's quick to teach and quite fun.

Finally, Dixit, in which none of us could remember the scoring rules, but we had a good time anyway.

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