A Horsham Gamer on Tour: Gordon and Will's, Leeds 23-25/11/2012
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Ah, Leeds in November. Again. Much was made of this becoming an annual trip, I must get out more, slip the leash, get a transfer up to the north of England, generally: be around more, dammit.

Such is life. I got an early train this time around and arrived in good time to fit in some decent gaming on the Friday night, eschewing the night on the tiles that spontaneously erupted last year leading us to nurse headaches for most of the Saturday.
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A new one to me and I had read both good and bad about it. It was good. Not as deep, perhaps, as other worker placement games but there was stuff to think about between placing workers and longer term factors to consider. I enjoyed it.

I thought I was in with a chance. Will thought otherwise.
 
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2. Board Game: Fairy Tale [Average Rating:6.76 Overall Rank:754]
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Gordon has had this one for years. When we played it last it had had a chaotic feel to it, but this time it felt somehow more 'refined'...? The choices felt hard and the gameplay was almost tense. It was great. We resolved to play it more. One each for me and Gordon with this game with Gordy getting a fantastic hunt demons play off on the final turn.
 
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All game evenings should be a spiral towards Amaretto-fueled Perudo and this evening delivered. One game saw Gordon out by turn six, another saw me lose a 4 dice lead and Will won more than should be statistically probable.

Exact number of game played unknown.
 
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Saturday dawned slowly.

PAX was first up. Gordon and I played whilst Will made fish-finger wraps. A decent game witha lot of interesting decisions to make and factors to keep in mind. It seemed to flow well once you got the hang of the turn sequencing. A solid 7/10 game (fish-fisher wraps were a 10).
 
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CUBE! Gordon has made a cube and he is jolly happy. we did a 3-man draft and I missed some good combos and got some good single cards and learned the differences between normal drafting and cube drafting.

Extremely good fun, despite me being far out of practice. I held my own against Will but Gordon had me outclassed.
 
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We walked around town and had a look in Travelling Man. We discussed Fleet, Endevour and the state of the Al Rashid box.

Rattus on our return. I had not played this one although have been meaning to for a while. Not a bad way of spending 45 minutes- a bit random perhaps but good fun.
 
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Another new one for me, although Gordon and Will had both played it. It seems that it plays quite differently with two than with three. The rondel got pretty chaotic and I found that thinking too far around became tough to accomplish.

Would like to play it again with two.
 
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More Cube! Gordy and I drafted the remaining cards from the earlier draft using a strange 9-card grid draft format. I rather liked my G/r/w deck (more so than the previous W/r/b deck) but lost to a Masticore and a doubly copied Wurm Engine in the best game I have played in a very long time.

Will made meatballs. They were great. Then we went out and helped prevent Leeds from being flooded by vodka by selflessly drinking large amounts of it.

No games were played on Sunday.
 
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