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Thirsty Meeples April 2024 13 April 2024

Back to the boardgame café.

The first game was one I'd played at Airecon, Faraway. The actual rulebook made it sound vastly more complicated than the game I played then, so I suppose this is another one I'll rewrite. (In fact I have done so.) It is a bit multiplayer-solo, with the only interaction being in drafting, but I still had a good time—and it's quick too.

Then on to Art Society, which looks like a soulless Euro but is actually a soulless tile-placer. One player picks a bunch of paintings by size, then everyone places a bid card (1-20 each, no reuse) and they choose in order. You're trying to get matching frames next to each other, matching subjects (the coloured labels) not next to each other, and I found that a bit small and fiddly to spot quickly. The paintings that don't get auctioned go to a "museum" board and increase the popularity of that subject, and in the later game if you end up buying something that doesn't fit you can swap it with the moseum.

No real thematic integration, but the overall value of your paintings rests entirely on what's trendy (i.e. went to the museum). Quite enjoyable, but I can't see myself wanting to own it.

Finally, Cardline: Dinosaurs; like the Animals version we played last month, you're basically trying to arrange them in order. I cannot help but note that there are a great many creatures in here which are unambiguously not dinosaurs (Also, we were all better at guessing length than ditto weight.)

See also:
Thirsty Meeples March 2024
Airecon in 2024

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