Pasteboard and Plastic XIX
Tony Bellringer
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Another gaggle of gamers in the Saltdean Scout Hut - relatively quiet this time, with a number of other non-gaming events competing for the time unfortunately.

Still, much fun was had by all as usual and a big thank you as always to Dick for organising!

Distinguishing feature of this one for me was the cake sneaking into the games raffle as a prize - it was very yummy though, so thank you to whoever it was that baked it!

Usual format - kicking off with the games I played in personally, and then participants of games I didn't play in please add in!
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Kicking off the day with one of the new crop from AEG, this was great fun, but a little slower and more thinky than I had been expecting. My Zombie Aliens were looking good for the win, until it was snatched away by a combination of Dinosaur Robots and Ninja Pirates, whilst the Gnome Wizards just played absolute havoc with everbody!
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This has definitely been getting not just the most plays since Essen (unsurprising seeing as each game is so short), but also probably the most positive feedback for the sheer 'fun factor' - I've yet to meet anyone who hasn't had an absolute blast playing it, and Alan, Amy, Dale, Gary and Mark all joined that club with their two plays of it today. Be warned though, your heart rate and stress levels will rise exponentially in those 10 minutes!
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Time to dial down the adrenaline levels a little, with a slightly more thinky game, which Mike arrived just in time to join us for. I thought the mechanics of this fit well with the theme - of surviving a pre-history trek across the wilderness of different landscapes, whilst enduring variable weather, wild animal attacks, and experiencing good and bad events. A bit of a stretch to keep our youngest player (8) interested, but seemed to go down reasonably well with everyone else.
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This is a really beautiful game to look at, with genuine art masterpieces that you are seeking to combine the right mix of paints to recreate. Fairly basic rules to follow, but some real tactical thinking needing to go in to plan you palette tile placement and trading combinations in order to maximise your efficiency in getting the colours you need.
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Whilst another group were finishing up a game or two of Escape before I left for the day, Alan, Amy and I squeezed in a quick game of this with the new Power Up expansion included. We didn't get to see too much of the new Evolution cards, as Hearts seemed to be very reluctant to show themselves for everyone but Amy, with the unsurprising result that my Pandakai got killed off before it came down to a nail-biter between Amy and Alan - Amy falling just one hit short of killing off Alan before he secured the final 3 points he needed for a VPs win! Great fun as always.
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I was very pleased to get a couple of games of Revolver in - against Helen and then against Tim.

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Tim Riley
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Distilled essence of Zooloretto proved the ideal little wind-down filler at the end of my day's gaming. The only thing wrong with it is that it rather renders my copy of the original game obsolete. Two games and honours even, a perfect end to another enjoyable P&P for me. Thanks Gary.
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Plenty of things in the raffle this time including at least two good games. I was not too unhappy at not winning on this occasion as I've had my share of good loot in the past. One item stood out though. I couldn't see any rules and was concerned it might be a solitaire but happily, as it turned out, it was a moist, delicious carrot cake co-op. Thanks to Helen for baking it and thanks to whoever won it for sharing.
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The first play for me, in fact the first play for the game as we all helped Richard Minson punch his brand new copy.

Ian had played this before so became the rules-meister for the game, and did a good job. We were playing within a few minutes. A game I really enjoyed, and I am glad to have my own copy (with my own player shields )

 
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I must admit that I was unsure about this - building ant hills did not sound much like fun!

However I was genuinely surprised, the game was very enjoyable, combining worker placement elements with a Taluva like 3D building mechanism.

 
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I have been looking forward to playing this ever since I read about it, and it did not disappoint. There is plenty of opportunity to try different strategies and I decided to run a Europe only airline whilst the other players expanded south... It almost worked, Steve pipped me into second place.
 
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I supported this kickstarter game to get hold of the PnP files so I could evaluate the game. I am glad I did because:

1. It is an excellent little 30 minute filler
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2. IMO it is too pricey for what it is, when you include shipping to get it over here. Shame, as I would like a professionally printed copy.

The other players seemed to enjoy it too, as we were about to start a second game but ran out of evening...
 
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This game failed to impress. It was mildly fun, and certainly had a lot of baseboard tiles to give plenty of set-up variations. Despite this, I got the impression that it would become repetitive.
 
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