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Friday 13th March - Home Alone

Ben Bateson
United Kingdom
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Oi! Hands off...
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Self-isolating means lots of games to play, right?

Well, Becky didn't want to sit at the same table as me, and we finished at about 9:30, but the spirit was there. While the 'official games club' played lots of my favourites, we explored our way through my latest crayon rails acquisition: Iron Dragon, and played a squeaker of a Nusfjord, which saw Becky effectively win by the margin of a single fish.

Iron Dragon is a peculiar thing. Middle Earth, but not quite Middle Earth, it is clearly a thematically-loaded crayon rails variant, but sometimes at the cost of clear gameplay. The requirement to connect cities is ambiguous when you have magic bridges and ferries carrying you all over the place, and the foremen abilities - while a welcome touch - clearly aren't balanced in the slightest. The train upgrade system has been given a comprehensive overhaul, though, and is hugely impressive. Personally, I still prefer Australian Rails.
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