Anthony BoydellUnited Kingdom
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The Tuffley-based 'Gloucester Tabletop Gaming Community' celebrated its third birthday yesterday; there were speeches (apparently), cake and a group photo:
It's a shame that the roleplayers - who formed a small branch of the club hidden away in the mildew-ed, musty 'Snooker Room' - weren't around; they've been 'banned' by the Community Centre for infractions of 'drink policy' and leaving liquid ring stains on the baize. The story is a bit muddled - and filled with outrage from innocent parties - and I know this because I'm now delivering Fred and Adam to an industrial unit a mile down the road for their Tuesday night fantasy fix.
Tom brought donuts - not 'Krispy Kreme' but 'Tim Something', the differentiation is very important to connoisseurs of the fried bakery good. I had an iced, cinnamon-dusted and brown sauce-oozing thing that was very tasty but has completed my allowable sugar limit for the next week.
Lighter games was the requirement, so I complied (mostly) with fayre like Tea, Scones, and ARSENIC, DANY (aka 'Sexy Dixit'), A game about WEE WHIMSICAL CREATURES and trying to identify them after someone makes noises. and King Thief Minister. I also snuck in Northern Pacific and Free Ride because 'Trains' and I couldn't wholly commit to playing 'fillers' for three hours. As it turned out, Northern Pacific snuck in after some poisoned biscuit-dunking fun but sexy Dixit fell apart after Dale "accidentally" revealed his hidden role during an early round and they weren't going to let me besmirch the festivities with a Friedemann Friese!
Cryptid - a club favourite for sure - made an appearance the general delight of Cheltenham Nick for whom it was a new experience; he was the only player to remain pretty much off the board with 'Yes' markers and deduced our 'easier' clues against his own 'within two of Cougars'. No-one bit at my 'What's the difference between Bears and Cougars' riposte ("One's got a beard, one likes toyboys") so we hurried, quickly, on to the 'take that' flummery that is Truck Off: The Food Truck Frenzy. Truck Off is about allocating 'vans' to venues to earn money by selling your particular thematic refreshments then using a mini deck of cards - all players have the same - to interfere with the others, re-roll 'shared profit' dice and so on. It's not complex and has enough dickery in its DNA to keep the young-at-heart happy; I rather enjoyed it despite being quote "bloody old".
We closed with both gamer tables uniting for Wavelength, which is where today's title originates: Dale, gifted with "Very Risky vs Not Risky" and a '4' in the "Very" 25%, clued "Juggling with Blunt Knives" when - thanks to a suggestion from the opposition - perhaps "Tonguing a Shark" would've been a clearer hint. Mind you, Tom's card of 'Dirty vs Not Dirty' was greeted with a cry of "Your Mum!", which very nearly brought the house down. There was an emerging discussion that everyone is a bit sick of Codenames - largely due to the long, thoughtful Spymaster pauses - and that the ribaldry and interaction that accompanies more direct genre-clones like Wavelength and Decrypto (and not forgetting the glorious noise of Balderdash) is far more satisfying. Certainly, the spaces between the actions are a problem criticism was also directed at DANY not an hour earlier.
Who'd have thought that simple, party games were so damn complicated?!
Life and Games (but mostly games) from Tony Boydell: Father, Grandfather, Husband and Independent UK Game Designer.
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