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Pedigree Chums - 4

Anthony Boydell
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Newent. Glos
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A mild headache and tremendous thirst woke me in the early hours of Sunday morning - for the life of my I don't understand why?! - before returning to a fitful sleep filled with Nomination Whist nightmares. There was just enough time for a strong coffee before ambling down to The King's Arms and that long-awaited Chums session of medieval farming:
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The best game ever designed played by the worst gamers ever.

My game progress reflected my slightly-tender, physical condition as I was left to prod my hoe in a distinctly-average Farmyard while Richard and Ben and Matt got on with proper agrarian business. It ended with a bollock-dropping 60 point win for Ben (with me on exactly half that and Richard/Matt in the mid-40s); we shall, probably rightly, never hear the end of this!

Hoping to make up for my card-induced outbursts of the previous (late) evening, Richard Breese joined me and Richard C for Terraforming Mars: Ares Expedition:
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It was a long game - interrupted by Sunday Lunch - and, to be honest, offered nothing more than the experience you can already get from Terraforming Mars and it's obvious (and FAR superior) structural inspiration Race for the Galaxy. Indeed, I say 'inspiration' but Ares Expedition is a straight out clone - like Thunderstone to Dominion - but not in any way that I could see was useful or better (apart from the artwork, which is lovely and stylistically-consistent). It comes with almost as many bits as TM, plays in pretty much the same time (ours was not the only play during the weekend) and, well, that's about all I can say about it.

Post-lunch, the Chums began departing; many have made significant journeys to be here and it was sad to see everyone going when they'd seemingly just arrived. For most of us, this is the first time in nearly two years that we've seen each other: parting is such sweet sorrow.

When we started SRT (see above), there were three other tables running; by the time we'd wrestled the slightly-fuzzy rules and finished our ribbon-laying japes, we were the only ones left in the room! It behooved me to thank our generous Landlord host, Wayne, for the quality of his beer, the deliciousness of his food and - most importantly - his warm welcome to a group of board gamers; indeed, he was equally complimentary and has already reserved the room for next year's event:

The Gathering of Chums 5:
Friday 11th November, 2022 - Sunday 13th November, 2022.
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